Bowen Byram returns to Vancouver Giants

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The Vancouver Giants in conjunction with the Colorado Avalanche announced today that 2001-born defenceman Byram has been reassigned to his Western Hockey League team.

At the 2019 NHL Draft, the Avalanche selected the 6-foot-1, 192-pound product of Cranbrook, B.C. fourth overall following an incredible season with the Giants.

Originally selected by the Giants third overall in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Byram has helped re-write the Vancouver Giants’ history books during his two full seasons in the WHL.

In 2018-19, Byram set a new single-season franchise record for goals by a defenceman with 26, which also led all WHL blueliners. He finished second on the team and third in the WHL among defencemen with 71 points (26G-45A). Additionally, Byram set a new single-season WHL record with six overtime winning goals. He then recorded 26 points (8G-18A) in 22 playoff games, becoming the first defenceman in WHL history to lead the playoffs in scoring.

In 138 career WHL games with the Giants, Byram has notched 98 points (32G-66A). He received the 2019 Canadian Hockey League Top Prospect Award after being named a first-team WHL Western Conference All-Star for 2019. In 2018 Byram was also the WHL’s Western Conference Rookie of the Year nominee.

Internationally Byram’s resume is impressive. He has represented Canada on three occasions. In 2017 he captured a Silver Medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. In 2018 Byram helped Canada secure a Gold Medal at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup and also suited up for Canada at the World Under-18’s.

Byram will make his first 2019-20 season debut with the Giants on Friday, September 26 (8:30 p.m. PT) for their home opener when they host the Portland Winterhawks.

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