Surrey’s Matt Barberis has emerged as a key piece on the blue-line for the Vancouver Giants defence this season. Barberis leads all Giants defencemen with seven goals and 16 points on the season.

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.


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