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Matthew Barnaby

Born:May 4, 1973Draft: 1992 Sabres, 83rd Overall
Hometown:Ottawa, OntarioPosition:Right Wing
Known For:2x NHL Most Penalized Player (1996, 2001)Shoots:Left
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

Matthew Barnaby (born May 4, 1976) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Dallas Stars during the 2006-07 season. Drafted 83rd overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, Barnaby spent the first two seasons with Buffalo split between the Sabres and their AHL affiliate Rochester Americans. In the 1995-96 season, Barnaby became a regular in the NHL, quickly establishing himself as a fan favourite who enjoyed dropping the gloves and causing disturbances with his antics. During the 1998-99 season, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he would spend two seasons and becoming an alternate captain during 1999-00 season.

Barnaby would see stints with the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, and the Stars. During the 2006-07 season, Barnaby recorded his 300th point in 834 career games, but would see his season come to an end after he suffered a concussion during a game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Due to post-concussion symptoms, Barnaby announced his retirement in July 2007.

Barnaby held a brief position as a broadcaster from 2007 to 2011, however he was released from ESPN following a DWI charge in 2011. Barnaby’s history with law enforcement includes a domestic violence charge in 2011, when he attempted to break into a house where his estranged wife and children lived, and a 2020 public intoxication charge involving an assault charge on a bar bouncer.

Matthew Barnaby Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
Mar. 11, 1999Buffalo SabresPittsburgh PenguinsStu Barnes
Feb. 1, 2001Pittsburgh PenguinsTampa Bay LightningWayne Primeau
Dec. 12, 2001Tampa Bay LightningNew York RangersZdeno Ciger
Mar. 8, 2004New York RangersThird-Round 2004
(Denis Parshin)
Colorado AvalancheSecond-Round Pick 2004
(David Shantz)
Chris McAllister
Dave Liffiton

Deeper Dive

Staff History

  • Amherst Knights, QC Int PW (Head Coach) 2010-11
  • Kitchener Rangers, OHL (Assistant Coach) 2016-2018


  • CHL Third All-Star Team (1993)
  • 2x NHL Most Penalized Player (1996, 2001)