The 19-year-old was appointed as the team’s on-ice leader as former Rebels captain Reese Johnson aged out over the offseason following four years of junior hockey, paving the way for the Foxwarren product selected 168th overall in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
“It’s a big honour,” said Barteaux in a team-issued press release. “The names before me are obviously big names. For sure, coming off a year like last year with Reese Johnson, he’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever had, so I kind of look up to him and model my leadership after him. Whether I had the ‘C’ or not I was going to be a leader; it doesn’t make a huge difference. Obviously it’s an honour but nothing really changes.”
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound blueliner played his bantam and midget AAA hockey for the Yellowhead Chiefs, putting together 18 goals, 66 points and 48 penalty minutes in 113 total games over three seasons of work before moving on to both the Regina Pats (2016-17) and Red Deer Rebels (2017 and on). In the WHL, Barteaux has amassed 10 goals, 75 points and 40 penalty minutes in 186 games. In 67 games with Red Deer in 2018-19, he scored a career-high seven times, while adding 27 assists for 34 points on the season.