Giants defenceman Bowen Byram has recorded his first NHL career point (Rob Wilton/special to Langley Advance Times)

Giants defenceman Bowen Byram has recorded his first NHL career point (Rob Wilton/special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants Bowen Byram records first NHL career point with Colorado Avalanche

Player with Langley-based WHL franchise assisted on goal against the Ducks

Vancouver Giants star defenceman Bowen Byram bagged his first NHL career point as a Colorado Avalanche player on Friday, Jan. 22, feeding a pass between the feet of an opposing player to reach teammate Mikko Rantanen and give the Avalanche a 2-1 lead in the third period against the Anaheim Ducks.

After the Ducks battled back to tie the game, the Av went on to prevail in overtime, beating the Ducks 3-2.

For Byram, his second consecutive start with Colorado saw the 19-year-old defenceman with the Langley-based WHL franchise looking like a savvy veteran.

“I was just trying to be calm and confident with the puck,” Byram recalled.

It was his second appearance in an NHL game.

“I didn’t have too many jitters,” Byram told a post-game virtual press conference.

“I felt good right off the bat.”

Byram said he’s learned that in NHL, you let the game come to you.

“The biggest thing is just being patient,” he remarked.

“You’ve got to be confident.”

READ MORE: Langley-based Giants watching Byram’s NHL debut tonight closely

Byram, the fourth overall pick from the 2019 NHL Draft, is the 32nd Vancouver Giant to play in the NHL.

He signed his first NHL contract with Colorado on July 19, 2019.

Byram has had an impressive run with the Giants.

After posting six goals and 21 assists for 27 points through 60 games during the 2017-18 season, he was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Year.

As the Vancouver Giants were chasing down first place in the Western Conference in 2019, Byram notched a big piece of WHL history when he scored his sixth overtime winning goal of the season, setting a new single season WHL record for overtime goals in a season.

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Vancouver Giants Bowen Byram and Michael Dyck go back a long way

In the 2018-19 season Byram was named a first-team Western Conference all-star after posting 26 goals and 45 assists for 71 points through 67 games.

His 26 goals were the most ever in a single season by a Giants defenceman.

He also set a new WHL single-season record with six overtime winning goals.

During the playoffs, Byram led all WHL skaters with 26 points making him the first ever defenceman to lead the WHL playoffs in scoring.

Byram has played for Canada at the World Juniors, twice, becoming the first Canadian-born Giants player since Evander Kane (2009) to win a gold medal in 2020, and returning in 2021 to win silver, scoring one goal and four assists, as well as being named a tournament all-star, and one of Canada’s top three players for the tournament.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

LangleyNHLVancouver GiantsWHL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Pitt Meadows United Church has a new Expression Station, to create a record of people’s feelings during this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Special to The News)
Closed by COVID-19, Pitt Meadows church offers Expression Station

Say what you need to say in this pandemic time, offers United Church

Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press)
CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of Feb. 28

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

On Monday, March 1, 2021, Maple Ridge is hosting an information session on Choose to Move, a fitness program for people 65 and older. (Maple Ridge image)
Maple Ridge seniors invited to information session on free fitness program

Learn about the program for those 65 and older on Monday, March 1

Phyllis Neufeld was on the Alouette River dike in Pitt Meadows on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, when she took this photo. (Special to The News)
SHARE: Sun breaks through a rainy Pitt Meadows sky

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon.

The artwork is by Caitlin Legault who is not the only local person grateful to those who work in health care. A local letter writer recently had to go to hospital and wanted everyone there to know that their efforts are appreciated. (Special to The News)
LETTER: Pitt Meadows letter writer grateful for all those who cared for her at hospital

Staff in every department worthy of praise, local woman says

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Alina Durham, mother of Shaelene Bell, lights candles on behalf of Bell’s two sons during a vigil on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO and PHOTOS: Candlelight vigil for missing Chilliwack woman sends message of hope

Small group of family, friends gathered to shine light for 23-year-old mother Shaelene Bell

Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Most Read