Barclay’s hockey adventure started in Aurora at the age of 5, playing Optimist hockey (precursor of Aurora minor hockey), then Tyke hockey for Aurora followed by 2 years with the Aurora Tigers AA team. He decided he wanted to play at the AAA level and played with Richmond Hill when he was 10. Barclay played his final five years of minor hockey with the York Simcoe Express, winning three OMHA championships with the Express, in addition to two won with Aurora.
Hockey was introduced at CDS when Barclay was in Grade 7 and he played for the school team in Grades 8, 9 and 10.
“I have wanted to play in the NHL since I was a little boy and have remained committed to that goal. My teammates, coaches, trainers, have all played a significant role in getting me closer to my goal and I am truly thankful to all of them. My parents have taught me (and my two sisters who graduated from CDS: Martha ’06 and Hilary ’08) to be optimistic and work hard. Setbacks along the way will happen – that’s life. These should not get in the way of achieving what is important. I am focused on the Battalion playoffs now and am, at the end of our season, really excited about starting my pro-hockey career with the Sharks.”