While The Country Day School has had four alumni go on to play in the NHL, including Mike Cammalleri ’99, Victor Mete ’16andJakob Chychrun ’16, not until now has a CDS alumni hoisted the Stanley Cup. Barclay Goodrow ’11 became the first to do so after he helped the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Dallas Stars in the NHL’s Stanley Cup finals last month.
Until February of this year, Barclay had played for the San Jose Sharks for the past six seasons. That was when Tampa sought Barclay and traded for him at the trade deadline in a deliberate effort to bolster their roster for a Stanley Cup run. According to his mother, Janice, Tampa was “looking to add ‘grit and truculence’ (along with skill) to their lineup in view of them being swept last season in four straight games in the first round of the playoffs.” The talented right-winger delivered on all of the above – playing a significant role on the team while adding grit, truculence and scoring.
Growing up in Aurora, Barclay started Opti-hockey at the age of 5, then Tyke, followed by two years with Aurora Tigers AA teams. When he was 10, he began playing AAA in Richmond Hill. He went on to play his final years of minor hockey with York Simcoe Express, helping his teams win three OMHA championships in five years.
A CDS student from Grade 7 to 10, Barclay also played school hockey on the U14 and U16 teams with Mr. MacMillan and Mr. Hendry as his coaches. Voted MVP for every sport he played during his time at CDS, Mr. Sherman fondly remembers coaching Barclay on U13 Basketball, as do Mr. Andersen and Mr. Burleigh for U14 Rugby. There’s a great lesson in this – playing multiple sports helps an athlete develop a wide variety of skills.
Barclay was a first-round draft pick for the OHL’s Brampton Battalion in 2009, and played five seasons with Brampton [then North Bay], serving as captain in his final two seasons. He remains the Battalion franchise leader in regular season games played, scoring 229 points in 313 games with the Brampton/North Bay franchise, and the second all-time leading scorer.
Then in March 2014, he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the San Jose Sharks. The rest is history and we wish Barclay all the best as he emerges from the NHL bubble and savours his Stanley Cup victory!