Dropping the gloves with Matt Barberis

Get to know the Vancouver Giants second-year defenceman

Matt Barberis is in his second season with the Vancouver Giants. In 26 WHL games this season, Barberis, who turns 19 later this month,  has seven goals — tops among Vancouver defencemen — and 14 points in 26 games.

Barberis is a local product from Surrey, playing first for the Semiahmoo Minor Hockey Association before switching to the Burnaby Winter Club.

He was a first round pick of the Giants in the 2013 WHL bantam draft.

He spent a few minutes with Times sports reporter Gary Ahuja to answer some questions about who he is on and off the ice.

How old were you when you first skated: I was four years old and my dad (Evan)  taught me how to skate.

Hockey hero: My dad.

Pre-game ritual: Eat the same meal, pasta, chicken and salad. Taping my stick.

Favourite meal: Pizza.

If you couldn’t play hockey, what sport would you play: Soccer. It is in my nationality (Greek), in my heritage.

If you couldn’t play hockey, what would you do: I would be a lawyer. I like to argue and I always have to win.

Favourite subject in school: PE.

Nickname: Barbs.

Biggest hockey name from your hometown: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, he played at the Burnaby Winter Club.

Most goals in a game: Four, in beer league.

Last movie you saw: Rogue One.

Last concert you attended: Kanye West.

Favourite thing about hockey: The team, being around the boys.

Ultimate golf foursome: Tiger Woods, Rickey Fowler and (teammate) Taden Rattie.

How do you relax: Hang out with the boys, go to a movie.

Teammate most likely to cheat at cards or golf: Johnny Wesley.

Best dressed Giant: Thomas Foster.

 

Surrey North Delta Leader

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