Tyson Barrie (born July 26, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was drafted by the Avalanche in the third round, 64th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
July 26, 1991|
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs
64th overall, 2009|
Barrie was born on July 26, 1991, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, to parents Kristy and Len Barrie. His father Len is a former NHL player and Tampa Bay Lightning co-owner. He also has a sister named Victoria. As a result of his father's job, Barrie lived in Florida for a while growing up and interacted with many of the players, including former Panthers player Peter Worrell who would throw him into a laundry machine as a prank. Barrie began his minor hockey career in Long Beach, California and continued it when the family moved to Victoria.
Growing up, Barrie attended elementary school in Colwood, British Columbia while also playing in the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association (VIAHA) Midget A1 league with the Juan de Fuca Grizzlies Minor Hockey Association. He then began his major junior career in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Kelowna Rockets towards the end of the 2006–07 season.
As a 16 year old, Barrie began his rookie season with the Rockets in 2007–08. Barrie showed early potential as an offensive presence on the blueline, leading team defencemen with 9 goals, 34 assists and 43 points. His debut season coincided with the club's resurgence from the bottom of the B.C. Division to second place with a seven-game series first round playoff appearance in which he contributed with four points. At year's end, Barrie's impressive rookie season was recognized with a selection to the CHL All-Rookie Team.
Barrie improved upon his first full season success to again lead all Rockets defencemen with 12 goals and 52 points in the 2008–09 regular season. He contributed 18 playoff points in 22 games, including scoring the championship-clinching overtime goal in game six against the Calgary Hitmen to help the Rockets capture the WHL's Ed Chynoweth Cup. Following a Memorial Cup appearance with the Rockets, he featured in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game.
In his first year of eligibility into the NHL, Barrie was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round, 64th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Being returned to juniors by Colorado, Barrie was named an alternate captain for the Rockets for the 2009–10 season. He suffered an early injury in his third season, ruling him out of the line-up for a month before returning to score at over a point-per-game average to impressively co-lead all WHL defencemen in scoring with 72 points in 63 games. As a result, Barrie was selected to the WHL Western Conference First-All-Star Team, the CHL Second All-Star Team and was awarded the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy as the WHL's Defenceman of the Year.
On September 23, 2010, Barrie was announced as the Rockets' captain for the 2010–11 season. With the focus to improve his all-round game, Barrie dropped his offensive output from his previous season, however still led all Rockets defencemen in scoring with 58 points in 54 games. He was again selected to the Western Conference First All-Star Team and finished as the runner-up to fellow Avalanche draft pick Stefan Elliott in voting for the Bill Hunter Trophy. On March 25, 2011, Barrie signalled the end of his junior career after he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Colorado. He completed his tenure with the Kelowna Rockets to finish as the club's highest-scoring defenceman in history with 228 points in 256 games.
After attending his third Avalanche training camp, Barrie made his professional debut in the 2011–12 season, assigned to the Avalanche's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. As a defenceman, he impressively led the Monsters in scoring at the midpoint of the season and was selected in the AHL All-Star Game, scoring a goal and helping the Western Conference to victory. Shortly after, on February 4, 2012, he received his first NHL call-up by the Avalanche. He made his NHL debut three days later on February 7 in a 5–2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center. He appeared in four games before he was returned to the Monsters. He was later recalled to finish the season with ten scoreless games for the Avalanche before he finished the season with the Monsters, leading the club in scoring with 32 points in 49 games.
With the 2012–13 NHL lockout in effect, Barrie began the 2012–13 season with Lake Erie. As the Monsters' leading offensive defenceman, Barrie was recalled by the Avalanche on January 11, 2013, and made the team's opening night roster for the shortened season. In his fifth game of the season, a 4–3 shootout victory over the Minnesota Wild on February 14, Barrie registered his first point, an assist, on a goal by Milan Hejduk. He scored his first NHL goal four days later in a 6–5 victory over the Nashville Predators. After a brief return to the AHL, Barrie established himself within the top-six on the Avalanche defence. On March 30, 2013, in another game against the Predators, he became the first Avalanche rookie defenceman to score an overtime winner. Despite missing the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Barrie led all Colorado players in average ice-time and also the defence in scoring with 2 goals, 11 assists and 13 points in 32 games.
In the final year of his rookie contract, Barrie opened the 2013–14 season under new Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy. After the first month of the season, Barrie was reassigned to the AHL to regain confidence and conditioning. He contributed with three assists in six games with Lake Erie before he was recalled to Colorado on November 17, 2013, paying immediate dividends in his first game back with two assists in a 5–1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. Having secured a role as a top-four defenceman, Barrie broke out offensively to score 13 goals, the highest total for a defenceman since John-Michael Liles seven years prior. Barrie's three overtime goals matched an Avalanche record in a single season (held by David Jones), and he became the Avalanche career leader amongst defencemen in overtime goals with four. Ranking second with 25 assists and 38 points, Barrie helped the Avalanche claim their first division title since 2003. During the 2014 playoffs, after recording two assists in the opening three games, Barrie was the victim of a knee-on-knee hit by Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke and missed the remainder of the playoffs with a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL). Cooke was immediately suspended for the remainder of the matchup as the Avalanche failed to recover in losing the series in 7 games.
After becoming a restricted free agent after the 2013–14 season, on September 4, 2014, Barrie signed a new two-year contract with Colorado worth $5.2 million. He returned in full-health to begin the 2014–15 season. Playing primarily alongside Nick Holden, Barrie appeared in a career-high 80 games and finished eighth among league defencemen with 53 points. On reaching 50 points, Barrie became just the fourth defenceman in Avalanche history to achieve the feat, after Sandis Ozoliņš, Rob Blake and Ray Bourque. His 37 even-strength points tied a franchise record for defencemen held by Steve Duchesne of the Quebec Nordiques. Barrie also led all Avalanche skaters in total ice time during the season with 1,709 minutes. However, Barrie was unable to help Colorado return to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
In the 2015–16 season, Barrie led all Colorado defencemen in scoring with 13 goals and 49 points, also collecting 21 power play points. In establishing himself as an elite offensive defenceman league-wide, Barrie reached the conclusion of his second contract in Colorado. As a restricted free agent, and with the Avalanche unable to initially agree to a contract due to concerns on his defensive play, Barrie elected for salary arbitration under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). He became the only player that season to proceed through salary arbitration. However, on July 31, 2016, while his case was in deliberations, he settled with Colorado and signed a new four-year, $22 million contract with the team.
Barrie began the 2016–17 season on the Avalanche's second defensive pairing. On October 15, 2016, in the opening game of the season (a 6–5 Avalanche win over the Dallas Stars), Barrie scored his 12th career NHL game-winning goal to surpass Sandis Ozoliņš for the most game-winning goals by a defenceman in franchise history. With the Avalanche off to a middling start to the season, Barrie continued to lead the offence from the blueline; however, he struggled defensively after he was placed into top-pairing minutes after an injury to top Colorado defenceman Erik Johnson. Barrie made his 300th NHL appearance in a game against the New York Rangers on December 31, 2016. Unable to help the Avalanche avoid their worst season in Denver and a last-place finish in the NHL, Barrie finished the season level with teammate Matt Duchene with a league-worst plus-minus rating of –34. In regressing to 7 goals and 38 points in 74 games, Barrie nonetheless led all Colorado defencemen in each offensive category and finished third among all Colorado skaters in points.
In his seventh season with Colorado in the 2017–18, Barrie rebounded with a resurgent Avalanche, establishing himself among the top offensive defencemen in the NHL, achieving a scoring rate second to only Erik Karlsson. He scored his 200th career NHL point in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 28, 2017, becoming the sixth defenceman in franchise history to reach the milestone. He was tied for second among NHL defencemen with 27 points before suffering a broken hand on December 23, 2017, which sidelined him for five weeks. In returning to the lineup, Barrie continued his scoring pace, and on February 20, 2018, he became the first defenceman in franchise history to record five points in one game, doing so in a 5–4 overtime win against the Vancouver Canucks. From February 28 to March 20, he recorded a career-high 11-game point streak, the longest by a defenceman in Avalanche history and the longest by an NHL defenceman for the season. On March 26, in a game against the Vegas Golden Knights, he appeared in his 400th NHL game. For the sixth consecutive season, Barrie led Colorado's defence and set career-highs with 14 goals, 43 assists and 57 points in 68 games. His 57 points were the most by an Avalanche defenceman since Ray Bourque scored 59 points in 2001.
Following the 2018–19 season, Barrie began to be featured in trade rumours due to the emergence of young Avalanche defencemen Sam Girard, Cale Makar and Bowen Byram, the latter of which was drafted at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Additionally, there was belief that the team would be unable to sign Barrie to a new contract upon the expiration of his existing contract at the end of the 2019–20 season. On July 1, 2019, Barrie was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs (along with Alexander Kerfoot and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft) in exchange for Nazem Kadri, Calle Rosén and a third-round draft pick in 2020. Colorado also retained 50% of Barrie's cap hit as part of the trade. Upon arriving in Toronto and Colorado, Barrie and Kadri lived in each other's houses, respectively, as they transitioned onto their new teams.
Barrie struggled mightily under Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock's system, who paired Barrie with Jake Muzzin and limited his offensive opportunities. Following a team coaching change to Sheldon Keefe in late November, Barrie displayed noticeable improvement both statistically and with his on-ice performance; under Keefe, Barrie played at a 55 point pace, which would have been the third best offensive total of his professional career. Despite this marked improvement, the team felt that Barrie's defensive deficiencies outweighed the offensive contributions, and Barrie was not offered a contract extension.
On October 10, 2020, Barrie signed as a free agent to a one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. During the season, Barrie excelled offensively, scoring 48 points to lead all NHL defensemen, but his defensive deficiencies continued; despite leading defenceman in scoring, he did not receive a single vote for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, the first time this occurred in league history.
The following season, Barrie was resigned by the team to a three-year, $13.5 million contract on July 28, 2021, the opening day of free agency. In the course of the regular season, he achieved notable results running the Oilers' power play, but was faulted by some commentators for his work on the penalty kill. After the Oilers qualified to the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs, Barrie participated in the team's deep run to the Western Conference Final, before they were ousted by the Colorado Avalanche.
|2015 Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
|2011 United States|
Barrie made his international debut at the 2008 World U-17 Hockey Challenge with Team Canada Pacific. Barrie was first invited to partake in Canada's national junior team development camp in 2010. He was again included to take part in Canada's 2011 national junior team selection camp and was among the final names to make the team. He was among the team's top players during the tournament as Canada won the silver medal following a 5–3 collapse defeat against Russia in the tournament final. Barrie would win gold with team Canada in the 2015 IIHF World Championship, along with then Colorado Avalanche teammates Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Ryan O'Reilly.
Following Colorado's failure to qualify for the 2017 playoffs, Barrie was selected to the initial Canada roster for the 2017 IIHF World Championship held in Germany and France. He was among the tournament leaders with seven points in three games before he was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament after suffering a laceration to his leg while wrestling with a Canada teammate at the team hotel on May 11, 2017.
Barrie's grandfather Len Sr. runs a hockey school in British Columbia, which he volunteers at during the offseason.
|2006–07||Juan de Fuca Grizzlies||Midget||72||43||87||130||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||49||5||27||32||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||38||7||22||29||7||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||6||0||3||3||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2019–20||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||70||5||34||39||16||5||0||0||0||2|
|CHL All-Rookie Team||2008|||
|West First All-Star Team||2010, 2011|||
|Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy||2010|||
|CHL Second All-Star Team||2010|||
|2020||Justin Bieber: Seasons||Guest Appearance|||