Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders. COURTESY PHOTO, NHL.com

Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders. COURTESY PHOTO, NHL.com

Barzal makes NHL All-Star game for second straight year

Former Seattle Thunderbirds standout

  • Thursday, January 2, 2020 1:25pm
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Mathew Barzal, the former Kent-based Seattle Thunderbirds standout, will play in his second NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

Barzal, a forward with the New York Islanders, leads the team through 37 games with 33 points, 16 goals and 17 assists, according to NHL.com. Since the start of the 2017-18 season, Barzal has not missed a game, playing in 201 straight games (through Jan. 1) for the Islanders.

Barzal played in his first All-Star game last year in San Jose and was selected again this season.

In his rookie season (2017-18), Barzal became the fifth Islander to win the award the Calder Memorial Trophy, given to the top rookie in the NHL.

The Islanders selected Barzal in the first round (16th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft.

He was the Western Hockey League Playoff MVP as the T-Birds won the 2017 championship. Barzal was a two-time WHL Western Conference All-Star and was the 2016-17 WHL Western Conference Player of the Year. He played for the T-Birds from 2013 to 2017. He is from Coquitlam, B.C.

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