• Listed at 6’7”, he is the tallest North American skater ranked by Central Scouting at mid-term.
• Was selected to represent Team Canada at the Under-18 World Championships in April 2008
– had previously played for the U.S. in other international events but with his participation in
the World Championships for Canada, an IIHF sanctioned tournament, he will no longer be
eligible to represent the U.S.
• Played for the Notre Dame Hounds in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA league before playing
for the Kelowna Rockets. Other draft-eligible Notre Dame alumni included Jordan Eberle
(ranked 24th) and Geordie Wudrick (ranked 69th).
• Participated in the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game.
HE SAID IT
On his strengths: “I feel I'm a strong skater. I can move the puck well. See up the ice pretty
well (and) I'm relied on in the defensive zone. Obviously, being (6’7”), my reach is a big
advantage for me. My stick is probably taller than most of the guys on my team, so that helps a lot."
THEY SAID IT
Kelowna Rockets head coach Ryan Huska: “The one thing with Tyler is that his size is
something that you can’t teach. He’s very big and for a guy his size, he skates very well. He’s
very fluid on the ice. For a younger guy, he’s got a lot of composure with the puck. I think that’s
one of the reasons why a lot of NHL scouts are fairly high on him right now . . . he’s starting to
understand that he can use his size to his advantage in our own zone. He’s becoming a really
good player defensively. His stick is so good and he makes it very difficult for opponents to get
around him in the defensive zone.”