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Stu Barnes
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Born December 25, 1970 (1970-12-25) (age 48)
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
Played for NHL
Winnipeg Jets (1972-96)
Florida Panthers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Buffalo Sabres
Dallas Stars
AHL
Moncton Hawks
Moncton Alpines
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 4th overall, 1989
Winnipeg Jets (1972-96)
Playing career 1991–2008

Stu Barnes (born Stuart D. Barnes on December 25, 1970) is an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He has played 16 seasons at centre in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres and the Dallas Stars.

Playing CareerEdit

Stu was drafted fourth overall by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.

On November 25, 1993, he was traded to the Florida Panthers along with St. Louis' sixth-round choice (that was previously acquired and later traded to Edmonton which was later traded back to Winnipeg who selected Chris Kibermanis) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Randy Gilhen.

With the Panthers, he went to the Stanley Cup Finals, only to lose to the Colorado Avalanche.

On November 19, 1996, Stu was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins along with Jason Wooley in exchange for Chris Wells. The trade to the Penguins has been considered the worst in Florida Panthers history.

On March 11, 1999, he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Matthew Barnaby.

With Buffalo, he went to the Finals again, this time against Dallas, only to lose on a triple-overtime goal by Brett Hull. He was also the captain for the Sabres.

On March 10, 2003, Stu was traded to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Michael Ryan and Dallas' second-round choice (Branislav Fabry) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

When Mike Modano was injured during the 2006–07 season, he served as an alternate captain of the Stars.

Stu 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, Stu announced his retirement as a player and joined the Dallas Stars as an assistant coach under a two-year contract.

In his first game for Dallas, Stu had to be reassured that the fans were not booing him because of his status as a former Buffalo Sabre.

They were in fact, yelling "Stu" whenever he touched the puck as a sign of respect.

This was also done for him by Winnipeg, Buffalo and Pittsburgh fans during his time with the Jets, Panthers, Sabres and the Penguins.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 New Westminster Bruins WHL 71 37 64 101 88 5 2 3 5 6
1988–89 Tri-City Americans WHL 70 59 82 141 117 7 6 5 11 10
1989–90 Tri-City Americans WHL 63 52 92 144 165 7 1 5 6 26
1990–91 Canadian National Team Intl 52 22 27 49 68
1991–92 Moncton Alpines AHL 30 13 20 33 10 11 3 9 12 6
1991–92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 46 8 9 17 26
1992–93 Moncton Hawks AHL 42 23 31 54 58
1992–93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 38 12 10 22 10 6 1 3 4 2
1993–94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 18 5 4 9 8
1993–94 Florida Panthers NHL 59 18 20 38 30
1994–95 Florida Panthers NHL 41 10 19 29 8
1995–96 Florida Panthers NHL 72 19 25 44 46 22 6 10 16 4
1996–97 Florida Panthers NHL 19 2 8 10 10
1996–97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 17 22 39 16 5 0 1 1 0
1997–98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 30 35 65 30 6 3 3 6 2
1998–99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 20 12 32 20
1998–99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 17 0 4 4 10 21 7 3 10 6
1999–00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 20 25 45 16 5 3 0 3 2
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 19 24 43 26 13 4 4 8 2
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 17 31 48 26
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 11 21 32 20
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 13 2 5 7 8 12 2 3 5 0
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 77 11 18 29 18 5 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 78 15 21 36 44 5 1 1 2 0
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 82 13 12 25 40 7 1 3 4 4
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 79 12 11 23 26 9 2 1 3 2
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 & AchievementsEdit

  • 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)

Personal LifeEdit

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.