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Story and photos: Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

August 16, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – On Thursday afternoon at Westshore Arena, formerly Juan de Fuca, Len Barrie’s Hockey College took to the ice. But before ice time was to begin, the large group of young boys and girls gathered around and had a little quiz session with Len Barrie senior, about how much they knew about the NHL. The kids did pretty good.

Len Barrie senior absolutely loves doing hockey camps, as does the entire family, simply for the love of the game. Len knows that it is a wonderful way to give back to the community by offering his knowledge of the game to the young budding stars of the future. He spoke a little about his grandson, Tyson, about how he showed such great talent at such a young age, even showing NHL skills at the age of fourteen. His accuracy was impeccable.

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Signing autographs is just something you have to get used to, and love doing – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

He told ISN owner, Scott Harrigan that you have to be good at something to get there, and good at a lot of things to stay. (Regarding the NHL)

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It’s Tyson Barrie’s turn to answer some questions – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN) 

Then with smiling faces the kids were allowed to ask a few questions of their own, but this time the questions were directed at Tyson Barrie who was in attendance for the camp. Tyson answered them with a smile on his face as well.

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A player falls down but he isn’t down for long – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN) 

Tyson Barrie has seen many hockey schools and camps in his lifetime, and most of them from right here in Victoria. Hockey camps had always been a part of his, and his family’s life. First in Kelowna, and then here in Victoria. His whole family is a part of the ‘hockey college’ and it has just become a way of life for the Barrie family; grandparents, parents, and grandchildren all joining in and having fun together.

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Tyson and his grandfather Len on the ice with the kids – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Some of the questions Tyson had been asked during the Q and A session from the kids were questions such as, “How fast can you get dressed for hockey?” And Tyson’s answer was, “Five minutes. You can’t be late for a thing like that.” The kids liked that answer and will probably remember it always.

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The kids chase the puck across the ice – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Another question they had was, “Who is the toughest player you ever played against?” Tyson’s answer was, “Patrick Kane.” The toughest rink was San Jose, and the loudest crowd, Chicago. He also likes coming back to Victoria because he likes to see his family and friends and play some golf, which he admits to being pretty good at. Tyson still feels at home here and that’s a good thing.

Tyson Barrie will be in town until August 26th and then it’s back to work for him.

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Even though they can barely see over the bench wall, one day these kids will be superstars – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Arlene Barrie and two of her grandchildren – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN) 

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Len Barrie with one of his grandsons – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Len Barrie with one of his grandsons – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)