Barrie named Kelowna Rockets captain for 2010-11 campaign

Tyson Barrie aware of legacy left by former captains.

In the end, it was an easy decision for the Kelowna Rockets.

With a multitude of both skill and leadership abilities to offer, Tyson Barrie has been chosen as the 19th captain in franchise history.

“It’s a huge honour for me,” said Barrie who named captain by the Rockets on Thursday night. “The Kelowna Rockets are a first class organization and I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of good leaders while I’ve been here. If you look back even further there’s a lot of good leaders that have played here and they have had lots of success.”

Barrie, who is entering his fourth season with the WHL team, is coming off a stellar 2009-10 campaign which saw him win the league’s defenceman of the year award.

A second-round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2008, the 19-year-old Victoria native led the Rockets in scoring last season with 72 points on 19 goals and 53 assists in 63 games.

The Rockets are confident that Barrie will put everything he has into his new role.

“This is Tyson’s fourth year with us and every year he has been a guy that plays to win each and every night,” said Rockets head coach Ryan Huska. “He has a lot of respect in the dressing room and the same amount of respect in the coaches’ office. He was a natural choice for us.”

Wearing the letters alongside Barrie this season will be assistant captains Evan Bloodoff, 20, and fellow blue liners Kevin Smith, 19, and Colton Jobke, 18.

Bloodoff is entering his final season with the club, Smith was acquired in the off-season from the Moose Jaw Warriors, while Jobke, who signed this week with the NHL’s Minneosta Wild, is in his second his second year with the Rockets.

“Evan, Colton and Kevin are guys that have shown that they have leadership qualities,” said Huska. “They are going to do a great job supporting Tyson. We’re very comfortable with the four guys that will be leading our hockey team.”

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