Tyrell Goulbourne
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Tyrell Goulbourne


Edmonton Alberta

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3rd round (72nd overall), 2013


191 lbs.

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2009-10: Tyrell Goulbourne, selected by Kelowna in the fifth round (105th overall) of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, made his major junior debut with the Rockets as a 15-year-old, appearing in five mid-season games. He had 1 assist and was -1 for Kelowna, which finished second in the B.C. Division. Goulbourne played 33 games, including two playoff games, for the CAC Edmonton Canadians midget AAA team and scored 13 goals with 13 assists and 87 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Goulbourne played 13 WHL games during the regular season, joining Kelowna three separate times during the season, and skated for the Rockets in the playoffs; once again splitting the year between juniors and midget hockey with the CAC Edmonton Canadians. He had 1 goal and was +2 with 27 penalty minutes during the regular season for the Rockets, who finished first in the B.C. Division. He skated in 6 of 10 playoff games as Kelowna reached the second round. Goulbourne had an even plus/minus with no points and 6 penalty minutes in the playoffs. In 26 midget major games he scored 10 goals with 16 assists and had 69 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Goulbourne skated in 63 games for Kelowna in his first full season in the WHL; sharing the team lead in penalty minutes (109) with Mitchell Chapman. Goulbourne scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was minus-8. Kelowna finished third in the B.C. Division but was swept by Portland in the first round of the playoffs. Goulbourne finished minus-4 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games.

2012-13: Goulbourne displayed an offensive side to his game while again leading Kelowna in penalty minutes as the Rockets finished first in the B.C. Division for the second time in three years. Goulbourne scored 14 goals with 13 assists and was plus-7 in 64 games while amassing 135 penalty minutes. Kelowna reached the second round in the playoffs and Goulbourne scored 1 goal with 2 assists in 11 playoff games while finishing minus-2 with 15 penalty minutes. In his second year of draft eligibility, Goulbourne was ranked 151st amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings and was selected by Philadelphia in the third round (151st overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Goulbourne attended training camp with Philadelphia before returning to Kelowna for his third season with the Rockets. Providing both toughness and supplementary scoring for one of the WHL’s top teams, he was an assistant captain and led the Rockets with 114 penalty minutes while scoring 17 goals and 20 assists (both personal career highs). Goulbourne finished the year +26 in 68 regular season games. Kelowna had the league’s best record, winning 57 of 72 games, and advanced to the Western Conference finals against Portland. Goulbourne scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -2 with 23 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games.

2014-15: Goulbourne returned to Kelowna for an overage season, once again providing tough two-way play and timely scoring as the Rockets captured the WHL championship and reaching the Memorial Cup Final. Goulbourne scored 22 goals with 23 assists and was +20 with 76 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games. Kelowna once again finished first in the B.C. Division and defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL Finals. Goulbourne scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -4 with 23 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games — suffering a season-ending injury when he was cut by a skate in the Western Conference finals against Portland. The Rockets advanced to the Memorial Cup championship game against Oshawa, falling 2-1 in overtime. Goulbourne signed a three-year entry-level contract with Philadelphia in March 2015.

2015-16: Goulbourne skated in 73 of 76 games for Flyers’ AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley in his first pro season. He scored 7 goals with 10 assists and was -7 with 75 penalty minutes in a lower line role for the Phantoms. Lehigh Valley finished seventh in the Atlantic Division, missing the AHL playoffs.

Talent Analysis

While physicality and tough play is a known aspect of the 5-foot-10, 191-pound Goulbourne, there’s more to the left wing. He can play on the penalty kill and his skating was also one of his best attributes in the WHL. While offense isn’t Goulbourne’s best asset, it has improved over the past few years. He was a piece of Kelowna’s top line during the 2014-15 season.


Goulbourne skated for Flyers' AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley in 2015-16, appearing in 73 of 76 games as a rookie. Playing the typical hard-to-play-against style that fits the philosophy of the Philadelphia organization, he projects as an energy, lower-line forward who can chip in offensively on occasion by going to the hard areas.

Rockets’ Goulbourne trying to prove he is the real deal

by Glen Erickson
Tyrell Goulbourne - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Tyrell Goulbourne has produced 394 penalty minutes in 227 WHL games to date (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)


It has been said that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. If the axiom is entirely valid, it would be well worth it for Tyrell Goulbourne of the Kelowna Rockets to pay heed this season. Read more»