Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tyson Baillie; take a bow

Tyson Baillie - Shoot the Breeze Photography
Three hundred regular season games can only be attained one way in the Western Hockey League. A player must dress for a full five seasons and stay relatively health along the way. Such is the case with fifth year forward Tyson Baillie, who will reach that milestone Friday night when the Kelowna Rockets host the Everett Silvertips. "Kelowna is probably the best place to play junior. It would be awesome to be known as a guy that has played a lot of games here and has been healthy and contributed every season", Baillie told me before the puck dropped on his overage season. Baillie, a third round bantam pick in 2010, is one of only nine players to play 300+ games wearing only Kelowna/Tacoma Rockets colours. The Fort, Saskatchewan resident has been a point machine over his career, collecting 119 career goals and amassing 278 career points. Baillie has a career +95 rating. Known in these parts as 'Tyson Time' when the most important part of the season rolls around, the playoffs, Baillie is at his best with 23+30=53 in 46 career WHL playoff games. Only Tyler Mosienko has recorded more playoff points (55) than Baillie over five seasons wearing a Kelowna Rockets uniform.
Congratulations to Tyson Baillie on this major accomplishment. Take a bow on Friday!!

Here are the list of the players that have worn a Kelowna/Tacoma Rockets jersey for 300+ games over a five year span.

1) Jason Deleurme (1993-1998) 341 games
2) Tyler Mosienko (2000-2005) 338 games
3) Brett Palin (2000-2005) 324 games
4) Cam Paddock (1999-2004) 323 games
5) Gavin McLeod (1996-2001) 321 games
6) Ryan Cuthbert (1998-2003) 319 games
7) Brett McLean (1994-1999) 308 games *
8) Ryan Wade (1994-1999) 304 games
9) Tyson Baillie (2012-2016) 300 games and counting 
*Traded in 20 year-old season yet recorded 300+ games with Rockets before dealt to Brandon

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