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Islanders return Barzal to Junior

September 27, 2016: New York Islanders Center Matthew Barzal (13) takes a shot on goal during the second period of a preseason NHL game between the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. (Photo by David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)
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The New York Islanders have announced that the team has assigned Mathew Barzal to his Junior club the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.

Barzal, 19, started the 2016-17 season with the Islanders; however, after only appearing in two games with the club the team has decided to return the young forward back to Juniors.

The 6-foot, 183-pound center will be taking part in his fourth season with the Thunderbirds.

Last season he earned the role of associate captain for the Seattle based WHL club. Along with bringing leadership to the club he brought scoring. In 58 games Barzal scored 27 goals and assisted on another 61 to contribute 88 points in the regular season. He went on to notch another 26 points (5 goals, 21 assists) in 18 playoff games.

In total the Coquitlam, British Columbia native has scored 53 goals and 146 assists for 199 points in 161 career regular season WHL contests.

In addition to playing in Junior, Barzal has been selected by Hockey Canada to represent Canada in three international tournaments, yielding two bronze medals.

The solid offensive forward has solid skating abilities and tremendous puck-handling skills with a strong wrist shot.

The Western Hockey League is part of the Canadian Hockey League which also encompasses the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Monica McAlister does freelance on the side while she currently works within the media relations department of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association. She has covered several events as credentialed media including: 2014 NHL Winter Classic, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 2014 NHL Draft 2014, Hockeytown HockeyFest, and The Big Chill. In addition, she has been a volunteer with the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) for several years.

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