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Take Ten: Cayla Barnes

Learn more about ice hockey star Cayla Barnes with this 10-fact spotlight.

Class: Senior in MCAS

Number: 23

Position: Defense 

Hometown: Eastvale, California

Club Teams: Her first club team was the 10U Lady Ducks in Anaheim, California. After her move to the east coast, she joined the East Coast Wizards in Bedford, Massachusetts (14U, 16U, 19U).

High School Career: Barnes attended New Hampton School, a college prep boarding school in New Hampshire. She amassed 155 career points in 112 games with 42 goals and 103 assists in her four years of high school. She also captained her school’s lacrosse and soccer teams. During her Junior year, she was named USA Today’s 2016 ALL-USA Girls Hockey Player of the Year. 

U.S. Women’s National Team: Barnes has been a member of the National Team since she was 17 years old (2016). Notably, Barnes has been selected to play on the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship team four years in a row (from 2019-2022). She won a gold medal in 2019 and received silver medals in 2021 and 2022. 

Olympic Career: During her first semester at Boston College, Barnes was tapped to join the U.S. National Team for their residency in Tampa, Florida. From there, she was selected to join Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. She played in all five games and eventually won a gold medal. At 19 years old, she was the youngest player on Team USA. She also competed in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. She played in all seven games for Team USA and got 6 points and 5 assists, culminating in a silver medal. 

Boston College: Barnes is one of three co-captains of the BC women’s ice hockey team. She only played the first five games of her freshman year before she left to play for the U.S. National Team. Her sophomore year, she played 35 of 36 games, finishing with 6 goals, 17 assists, and 103 blocked shots. Her junior year was altered due to Covid, but she still played in all 19 games and accrued 4 goals, 6 assists, and 36 blocked shots. She is one of ten players in the program’s history to be named a co-captain their junior year. She did not play for BC during the 2021-2022 school year because she was competing in the 2022 Winter Olympics. So, as a member of the class of 2023, this season will be her last at BC. 

Life After BC/Hockey: Barnes says her ideal career after hockey would be “to work in PR for a major company or sports team.”


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