Tyler W. Lawson
Born: May 19, 1983 (Barrie, Ontario)
Died: January 6, 2014 (Springwater, Ontario)
A rugged defenceman who liked to mix it up, Tyler Lawson spent six seasons throwing around his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame.
In 19 games with his hometown Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League, he scored a single goal. He was also on his best behaviour, recording only 37 penalty minutes in 2002-03.
The previous season, he managed somehow to be penalized 213 minutes in just 34 games with the junior-A Parry Sound (Ont.) Shamrocks. Playing on the blue-line in Bobby Orr’s hometown, Lawson somehow found the time when not in the penalty box to record four assists.
Used as an enforcer wherever he played, Lawson wore many different sweaters in his brief career, as coaches inserted the bruiser into the lineup to intimidate opponents. He also played junior-A in his home province for the Aurora Tigers, Port Hope Clippers, Blind River Barons, and Espanola Screaming Eagles.
As a professional playing in the minors in the United States, he suited up for the Memphis RiverKings, Laredo (Tex.) Bucks, Richmond (Va.) RiverDogs, Quad City Mallards of Moline, Ill., and the Missouri River Otters of St. Charles, Mo. He played in 34 games in the minor pros for five teams, scoring one goal and adding one assist, while being punished with 217 penalty minutes.
In two seasons in the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey, a Quebec circuit notorious for donnybrooks, Lawson scored four goals with three assists in 64 games for the Sorel-Tracy Mission and the CRS Express of St-Georges. The referees flagged him for 494 penalty minutes.
His retired from the minor pros at the end of the 2006-07 season.
Lawson operated heavy equipment on construction sites. He died when his snowmobile collided with a SUV on Ontario County Road 27 in the township of Springwater, outside Barrie.