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Ryan Barnes

Born:Jan 30, 1980Draft: 1998 Red Wings, 55th Overall
Hometown:Dunnville, OntarioPosition:Left Wing
Known For:OHL Champion (2000)Shoots:Left
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

Ryan Barnes (born January 30, 1980) is a former Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings during the 2003-2004 season. Drafted 55th overall by the Red Wings in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Barnes played out his Ontario Hockey League (OHL) run with the Sudbury Wolves, Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and Barrie Colts, winning an OHL Championship in 2000. His final season with the Colts was cut short due to a 25-game suspension for a stick-swinging incident.

After turning pro, Barnes split the first two seasons between the American Hockey League (AHL) and the ECHL. In 2002, he joined the Grand Rapids Griffins and appeared in 73 games, recording 11 points and 151 penalty minutes, helping the team reach the postseason. He received a two-game stint the following season with Detroit but failed to make it onto the scoresheet before he was sent back down to Grand Rapids.

Barnes struggled to hold a spot in an AHL lineup, splitting the next two seasons with teams like the Griffins and Hamilton Bulldogs, as well as time spent in the United Hockey League (UHL). In 2006, he played the full year with the Muskegon Fury of the UHL before announcing his retirement. Following his departure from the game, Barnes pursued a career in coaching, gaining multiple roles at the PeeWee and Bantam levels as both an assistant and head coach.

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Staff History

  • Port Colborne Sailors, GHL (Assistant Coach) 2007-2008
  • Don Mills Flyers U16 AAA, GTHL U16 (Assistant Coach) 2010-2011
  • Caledon Golden Hawks, GMOHL (Head Coach) 2010-2011
  • Toronto Titans U16 AAA, GTHL U16 (Assistant Coach) 2012-2013
  • Belle Tire, QC Int PW (Head Coach) 2015-2016
  • Detroit Honeybaked, QC Int PW (Head Coach) 2018-2019
  • Compuware 16U AAA, HPHL 16U (Assistant Coach) 2019-2020
  • Honeybaked 14U AAA, HPHL 14U (Head Coach) 2020-2021


  • OHL Most Penalized Player (399) (1999)
  • OHL Champion (2000)