|Born||December 25, 1970 |
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)|
Winnipeg Jets (1972-96)
|NHL Draft||4th overall, 1989|
Winnipeg Jets (1972-96)
Stu Barnes (born Stuart Douglas Barnes on December 25, 1970) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward who played 16 seasons at centre in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres and the Dallas Stars.
Stu was drafted fourth overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. On November 25, 1993, the Jets traded him along with a sixth round selection (previously acquired from the St. Louis Blues; Chris Kibermanis) in 1994 to the Florida Panthers for Randy Gilhen.
In Florida, he and the Panthers went to the Stanley Cup Finals, only to lose to the Colorado Avalanche.
On November 19, 1996, the Pittsburgh Penguins traded Chris Wells to the Panthers for Stu and Jason Woolley; the trade to the Penguins has been considered the worst in Panthers history.
In 1999, he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Matthew Barnaby. In Buffalo, he went to the Finals again, this time against Dallas, only to lose on a triple-overtime goal by Brett Hull.
He served as the captain for the Sabres before being traded to the Stars in 2003 for Michael Ryan and a second round draft pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
When Mike Modano was injured during the 2006–07 season, Stu served as an alternate captain of the Stars. He also served as an alternate captain for most of the 2007–08 season due to Sergei Zubov's absence from the line-up.
On August 28, 2008, he announced his retirement as a player and joined the Stars as an assistant coach for three seasons before becoming a hockey operations consultant.
Stu left the Stars front office after the 2012–13 season, and went on to serve in a dual capacity as the Tri-City Americans co-owner in the Western Hockey League and as the head coach of the Okanagan Academy Prep hockey team.
In 2017, he returned to the Dallas Stars organization as an assistant coach.
|1987–88||New Westminster Bruins||WHL||71||37||64||101||88||5||2||3||5||6|
|1990–91||Canadian National Team||Intl||52||22||27||49||68||—||—||—||—||—|
|NHL Totals (16 Seasons)||1136||261||336||597||438||116||30||32||62||24|
|WHL Totals (3 Seasons)||204||148||238||386||370||19||9||13||22||42|
|AHL Totals (2 Seasons)||72||36||51||87||68||11||3||9||12||6|
Awards & Achievements
- WHL: Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year) (1987–88)
- WHL: West Second All-Star Team (1987–88)
- WHL: Four Broncos Memorial Trophy (MVP) (1988–89)
- WHL: West Second All-Star Team (1988–89)
Stu is currently part owner, along with former teammate Olaf Kolzig of the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. Both of them previously played for the Americans.
He and his wife, Julie have a daughter named Riley and a son named Jack. The family spends the off-season in Washington state.
The phrase "The Stu Look" is a reference to Stu Barnes.