23 Josh Barker
23 Josh Barker
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Year: Senior
Hometown: Swift Current, SASK
High School: Swift Current Comprehensive
Position: D

A mature and experienced defenseman, having played in all but one game over his first three years, Josh Barker immediately made an impact on the Brown squad, finishing his rookie season as one of the ECAC's top scoring defensemen. His skills are solid, and he has good size and strength. The team captain, he will be counted on to lead the defense in stopping the opposition's scoring this season.

2000-2001: One of just two members of the team to play in all 29 games, he finished his third season with 3-4 -- 7 totals, sixth among returnees for the 2001-2002 season and third among the returning defensemen ... Instrumental in the Brown power play, two of his three goals were scored on the man advantage ... Tallied his first goal of the season, the game-winner, on the power play to give the Bears a 2-1 lead over Providence en route to claiming the 15th Annual Mayor's Cup ... In the next game, he scored the first Brown goal against Dartmouth to tie the game at one ... Added an assist at Colgate the following weekend and assisted on the lone goal at UMass ... Scored the first goal of the game at Princeton on the power play, earning the game's third star honors as Brown picked up its first road victory of the season ... Added an assist against Colgate ... Tallied an assist on Doug Janjevich's '01 power play goal against St. Lawrence.

1999-2000: Finished with 3-6 --9 totals, sixth among returnees for the 2000-2001 campaign, and tied with teammate Paul Esdale among all defensemen ... Had a ten-game stretch were he tallied all three goals and five assists ... Brown was 3-4-3 in these games ... Missed the first game of his career with a concussion on November 6, against Dartmouth ... Doubled his career goal totals with a two-goal outburst at Providence to help Brown capture the 14th Annual Mayor's Cup ... Posted two assists in the double-dip with Niagara ... Scored the game-tying goal on a power play against Cornell to send the game into overtime ... Had a pair of assists in tie at Yale.

1998-1999: Finished with 2-13 --15 totals, third among returnees for the 1999-2000 campaign, and tops among all defensemen ... Was a candidate for Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors ... Was key in the disruption of opponents' offensive schemes ... Had a six-game stretch from January 16-February 5 where he tallied two goals and six assists ... The Bears went 4-1-1 during that stretch ... Had an assist in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth games of his career ... Had a trio of two-assist games: Northeastern, at Rensselaer and Vermont ... Valuable component of the Brown power play, as both of his goals were power play scores ... His first collegiate goal, at MSU-Mankato, was also the game-winning tally ... Earned the team's Kevin R. Pope Memorial Trophy, given to the freshman who did the most to contribute to the success of the team.

Before Brown: An assistant captain of the Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in 1997, Barker was also named to the All-Star team of the SJHL. He was an assistant captain of the Swift Current Bantam "AA" Raiders in 1993, a team which placed third in the Western Canadian Championships, and a captain of the 1995 Midget "AAA" Legionnaires in Swift Current. Barker was a 1995 Saskatchewan Midget "AAA" League all-star.

Personal: Joshua James Barker is the son of Harvey Barker and Janet Barker ... An honor roll student at Swift Current Comprehensive High School ... Siblings include Amy, 20, Keagan, 9, and step-brother, Scott Robertson, 23 ... Interests: Weightlifting, golf, tennis, reading, and Sony Playstation ... Major: Business Economics.