The Vancouver Giants are pleased to announce that 2001-born defenceman Bowen Byram (Cranbrook, B.C.) has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche selected Byram fourth overall in the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver.
Byram was originally drafted by the Vancouver Giants third overall in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft and is coming an incredible sophomore campaign in the WHL.
Last season Byram set a new single season franchise record for goals by a Giants defencemen with 26. He finished second on the team and third in the WHL (among defencemen) with 71 points. Additionally he set a new single season WHL record with six overtime winning goals. During the postseason he managed 26 points 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 scored 32 goals while adding 66 assists for 98 points. Back in May he received the 2019 CHL Top Prospect Award.
Internationally Byram has represented Canada on three occasions. In 2017 he captured a Silver Medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. In 2018 he helped Canada secure a Gold Medal at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup. He also suited up for Canada at the World Under-18’s in 2018.
Later this month, Byram is off to Plymouth, MI to attend Hockey Canada’s National Team Summer Development Camp. The camp runs July 27 – August 4 and Canada will play games against the United States, Finland and Sweden.
The official release from the Colorado Avalanche can be found HERE.