2015-16 Sher-wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week Q&A
Tyler Barnes – October 26-November 1
ECHL: You were the ECHL Rookie of the Year for the 2014-15 Season, a 2015 ECHL All-Star and now have already been awarded Sher-wood ‘ECHL Player of the Week’ designation within the first three weeks of the 2015-16 Season. To what do you attribute all your successes so early on in your pro career?
Tyler Barnes: There have been a lot of people who have impacted my hockey career up to this point. First, my parents have supported me and sacrificed a lot to get me here. I’ve also been really fortunate to have great coaches who made me better as a player and were able to get me ready for the next level. And I’ve been really blessed to play alongside some great teammates and line mates over the years.
ECHL: Last year you played with the Brabham Cup winning Toledo Walleye. You set a Walleye single season record for most points with 74. What was it like to be a part of such a successful squad in Toledo, and to have record breaking individual performances to top it off?
TB: It was an awesome first exposure to pro hockey. We had a great fan base last year that showed support for us all year long. I was very lucky to play alongside a group of talented players and coaches and I am very fortunate to have had that experience in my first year.
ECHL: Obviously, you had a very successful Rookie campaign. What would you say is the key piece of knowledge or experience that you have going into your second ECHL Season that you lacked a year ago?
TB: I would say just the experience of playing a full year is the biggest advantage I have this year compared to last. Playing a 70+ game season is a big change from the 40 game seasons you play in college so just knowing what kind of toll that takes on your body and how to best prepare each day is an advantage I can take moving forward in my career.
ECHL: You are playing with the Missouri Mavericks this season – what is most exciting about the opportunity to play with a new team in a new market?
TB: Missouri is a team with another great fan base. It is always a great experience to play for a team with a passionate community that wants to be successful as much as you do. So being able to play in an atmosphere like the one we have here is very exciting.
ECHL: Looking back on your career to this point, what has been your proudest ‘hockey moment’ so far?
TB: I would say my proudest hockey moments would be in college at the University of Wisconsin when we won a WCHA championship and a Big 10 championship, and last year in Toledo when we won the Brabham Cup.