Tyler Myers

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Tyler Myers
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Born (1990-02-01) February 1, 1990 (age 24)
Houston, TX, USA
Height 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team Buffalo Sabres
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 12th overall, 2008
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2009–present

Tyler Paul Myers (born February 1, 1990) is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Sabres in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. At the end of the 2009–10 NHL season, Myers won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best rookie.[1] Standing at 6-feet-8-inches, he is nicknamed "The Big Easy" or "Big Tex" being that he was born in Houston, Texas.[2]

Born in Houston, Texas, Myers grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He has opted to play internationally for Canada. Representing Canada twice as a junior and once on the men's team, he has won gold medals at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships and 2009 World Junior Championships.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

In the 2005 Western Hockey League (WHL) Bantam Draft, Myers was the Kelowna Rockets first round selection, 19th overall.[3] Prior to playing in the WHL, Myers continued minor hockey at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame with the Hounds, a AAA midget team.[4][5]

Myers began his major junior career with the Rockets in 2005–06. Following his NHL draft year in 2007–08, Myers was ranked fourth among North American draft-eligible skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting Services.[6] He was selected 12th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, after they traded the LA Kings a third-round pick to move up from the 13th spot. The following season, Myers helped the Rockets to a 2009 Ed Chynoweth Cup championship following a junior career-high 42-point regular season. Scoring 20 points during the Rockets playoff run, Myers was instrumental the franchise's third WHL title and was selected as the WHL Playoff MVP.

Following Myers' WHL championship win with the Rockets, he was signed to a three -year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on May 11, 2009.[7]

Professional[edit]

Myers warming up prior to a game on Veterans Day 2011

Myers started the 2009–10 NHL season with the Buffalo Sabres. He recorded his first NHL point on October 8, 2009, an assist, against the Phoenix Coyotes. Eight days later, Myers scored his first NHL goal against Dwayne Roloson of the New York Islanders. It was also his first multi-point game, as he recorded an assist as well. On October 24, Myers was used in the sixth round of a shootout against the Tampa Bay Lightning and scored the game winner. After a strong first nine games with the Sabres, the club decided to keep him in Buffalo rather than return him to the Rockets, initiating the first year of his contract.[8] Myers quickly established himself as the top defenceman on the Sabres roster, leading the club in average ice time per game in his rookie season.[9] On December 16, 2009, he registered 28:32 of ice time in a regulation loss to the Ottawa Senators despite being one of a much-publicized group of Sabres players struck with food poisoning the night before.[10] The following month, Myers recorded his first multi-goal game on January 8, 2010. He scored twice on the powerplay, including the game-winner, as the Sabres beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3–2. He also assisted Tim Kennedy on the Sabres' first goal. Scoring 10 points and leading all rookies in average ice time (24 minutes and 42 seconds per game) for contests in January 2010, Myers was named the NHL Rookie of the Month.[11] He completed his first NHL season leading league rookie defencemen, as well as Sabres defencemen, playing every game that season with 11 goals and 37 assists adding up to a career high of 48 points and getting 1 point in the playoffs from 1 goal. In the off-season, Myers was awarded with the Calder Memorial Trophy on June 23, 2010 at the NHL Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, beating out forward Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche and goaltender Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings. On November 15, 2010 Myers scored his 5th goal of the season in a 4-3 overtime win against the Vancouver Canucks. Myers got another overtime goal in a 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers on February 10, 2011. Myers finished the season missing only 2 games with 10 goals and 27 assists adding up to 37 points and getting 6 points in the playoffs from 1 goal and 5 assists. On September 15, 2011 the Sabres signed Myers to a 7 year, $38.5 million contract.

On March 13, 2012, Myers was suspended for 3 games for boarding Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez on March 12, 2012.

On October 14, 2012, Tyler Myers signed with Klagenfurt AC of the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League during the 2012 NHL lockout.[12]

On April 12, 2013 the Buffalo Sabres announced that defenseman Tyler Myers broke a bone in his leg during the team's 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday and will miss the remainder of the season.[13]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2009 Ottawa
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold 2008 Kazan

Despite being born in Houston, Texas, Myers plays internationally for Team Canada, as he moved to Calgary, Alberta when he was 10 years old and holds dual citizenship.[2] Making the decision in his youth, he has credited moving to Canada as a large influence in his development as a hockey player, stating he would "be playing a different sport had I stayed in Texas."[2]

Myers was a part of the national team that earned gold at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships in Kazan, Russia. He was later named to the Canadian under-20 team for the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa, along with Kelowna Rockets teammate Jamie Benn, and helped Canada to a record-tying fifth straight gold medal.

On April 29, 2010, Myers was named to the Team Canada roster for the 2010 IIHF World Championship.[14] He was part of a young squad that finished without a medal.

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year Ref
WHL Playoff MVP 2008–09
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2009 [15]
Calder Memorial Trophy 2009–10

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Notre Dame Hounds SMAAAHL 34 4 6 10 78
2005–06 Kelowna Rockets WHL 9 0 1 1 2 8 1 0 1 2
2006–07 Kelowna Rockets WHL 59 2 13 15 78
2007–08 Kelowna Rockets WHL 65 6 13 19 97 7 1 2 3 12
2008–09 Kelowna Rockets WHL 58 9 33 42 105 22 5 15 20 29
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 11 37 48 32 6 1 0 1 4
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 10 27 37 40 7 1 5 6 16
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 55 8 15 23 33
2012–13 EC KAC EBEL 17 3 7 10 37
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 39 3 5 8 32
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 62 9 13 22 58
NHL totals 318 41 97 138 195 13 2 5 7 20

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada WJC18 7 1 1 2 10
2009 Canada WJC 6 1 0 1 2
2010 Canada WC 7th 7 0 2 2 4
2014 Canada WC 5th 8 0 2 2 6
Junior totals 13 2 1 3 12
Senior totals 15 0 4 4 10

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dennis Persson
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Tyler Ennis
Preceded by
Steve Mason
Winner of the Calder Trophy
2010
Succeeded by
Jeff Skinner