Born February 1, 1990 (age 21) in Katy, Texas, USA
Defenseman for the Buffalo Sabres
Tyler has an interesting story: he was born in the United States but raised in Calgary, Alberta. He played for the Notre Dame Hounds, a AAA midget team in Saskatchewan before being drafted to the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets in 2005. Tyler played with the Rockets for four years before he headed to the Buffalo Sabres, who picked him 12th overall in the 2008 draft. He signed a two-year entry level contract with the Sabres in 2009, and that October he made his debut. Eight days after his first game, he scored his first goal.
Tyler did so well in the first nine games of the season that the Sabres decided to keep him on the team rather than send him back to the WHL. Good call, because he quickly became the guy with the most ice time on the team, especially a game against Ottawa in which he and several of his teammates were suffering from food poisoning (eesh!). He was named Rookie of the Month in January 2010 and was the leading rookie defenseman in the league, ending the season with 11 goals and 37 assists. For his efforts, he was awarded the Calder Trophy, beating out Matt Duchene and Jimmy Howard. This past season saw him miss only two games and rack up 10 goals and 37 assists. And as you know, he recently signed a seven-year contract to stay in Buffalo.
Even though he was born in the US and has dual citizenship, Tyler plays for Canada internationally. It’s worked, too – he has gold as a member of both the 2008 IIHF U18 team and the 2009 World Juniors team. No doubt we’ll be seeing more of TyMy both here and abroad!