Barnes returns to Toledo

Toledo, Ohio – The Toledo Walleye announced that forward Tyler Barnes has agreed to terms with the club for the 2017-18 season.

The Walleye are the ECHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.

Barnes played his first professional season in Toledo with 71 games in the 2014-15 season collecting 74 points (34g-40a) and earning a spot in the starting line-up for the 2015 ECHL All-Star Classic in Orlando. His 74 points stood as the Walleye single season record until broken this past year by Shane Berschbach. For his efforts that year, Barnes was named ECHL Rookie of the Year and landed on the ECHL All-Rookie Team.

Barnes followed up his 74-point campaign with the Walleye with another strong ECHL performance with Missouri in 2015-16 with 61 points (24g-37a) while playing for the Mavericks. 

The Burnsville, Minn. native split last season between Rockford of the AHL and Indy and Allen of the ECHL. Barnes tallied seven points (4g-3a) in 25 games for the IceHogs while adding 27 points (11g-16a) in 26 games between the Fuel and Americans.

In total, Barnes has racked up 161 points (69g-92a) over 166 ECHL contests. Barnes has also appeared in 36 career games between Bridgeport, Grand Rapids, San Antonio and Rockford with 11 points (8g-3a).

Prior to turning professional, the 27-year-old forward spent four seasons at the University of Wisconsin. He scored 103 points (45g-58a) in 152 games for the Badgers and was part of the Wisconsin team that won the WCHA championship in 2012-13.