Drafted by the Washington Capitals in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Riley Barber is a 5’11”, 194-pound right wing who finished his sophomore season ranked second in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) in points, tied for fourth in goals and fifth in the conference in assists. Barber earned a career-high 44 points (19g, 25a) in 38 games with Miami University during the 2013-14 season and was selected to represent the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden. The Pittsburgh native served as the team’s captain at the tournament and earned six points (4g, 2a) in five games, leading the United States in goals.
How did you get involved with hockey?
I first got involved with hockey because my dad played and my mom was a figure skating coach, so I kind of grew up around it. I got involved because I loved the sport so much and still to this day just love playing. I would always stay out there with my mom when she was teaching.
Your dad played in the NHL. What is the best advice he has given you?
Nothing is ever given to you. You have to work for everything. He also instilled a hard work ethic in me, teaching me that getting to the NHL is one of the hardest things to do and that staying there is even harder.
What was your experience like serving as captain of the U.S. at the World Junior Championships?
It was an unbelievable experience to be looked at by your teammates as a captain, and to be voted as a leader is something special. A lot of those guys I have known now for a couple years, and I’m really good friends with them. We stay in touch and to be able to represent your country and your friends is really special.
Who is your hockey idol?
What was it like being selected by the Caps in the 2012 draft?
It was awesome. It’s a great organization with a lot of talent, especially in D.C. It’s a great city. I was just really excited just to be picked and to represent an organization like the Caps.
What is your favorite off-ice activity?
Probably golfing or hanging out with friends.
What are you most looking forward to during your junior year at Miami?
Winning the National Championship.
— Paige Brody