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Stu Barnes

Born:Dec 25, 1970Draft: 1989 Jets, 4th Overall
Hometown:Spruce Grove, AlbertaPosition:Centre
Known For:WJC Gold Medal (1990)Shoots:Right
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

Stu Barnes (born December 25, 1970) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Dallas Stars during the 2007-08 season. Drafted by the Winnipeg Jets 4th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Barnes played parts of two seasons with the Jets before being traded to the Florida Panthers during the 1993-94 season. In his 16 years in the NHL, Barnes was traded four times, playing with the Jets, Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, and closing out his career with the Stars. Barnes served as the Sabres captain from the 2001-02 season up until his trade to Dallas during the 2002-03 season. Barnes would serve the final two years in Dallas as an alternate captain. On August 28, 2008, Barnes retired from the sport.

Barnes represented Canada during the 1990 World Junior Championship, winning a gold medal. Following his retirement, Barnes was adding to the Stars’ coaching staff as an assistant coach, where he would serve in that role for three seasons. Barnes left the Stars’ organization after the 2012-13 season to become a co-owner of the Western Hockey League’s Tri-City Americans, while also coaching the Okanagan Academy Prep hockey team. Barnes returned to the Stars once more in 2017 to reprise his role as assistant coach, spending two seasons in Dallas before moving on to Seattle to serve as a scout.

Stu Barnes Statistics

Trade Tracker

DateTraded FromTraded WithTraded ToTraded For
Nov. 25, 1993Winnipeg Jets 1990-96 Primary LogoRandy Gilhen
Nov. 19, 1996Jason WoolleyChris Wells
Mar. 11, 1999Matthew Barnaby
Mar. 10, 2003Second-Round Pick 2003
(Brandon Fabry)
Michael Ryan

Deeper Dive

Staff History

  • Tri-City Americans, WHL (Owner) 2005-present
  • Dallas Stars (Assistant Coach) 2008-2011, 2017-2019
  • Dallas Stars (Consultant) 2011-2012
  • Seattle Krkken (Scout) 2019-2021
  • Tri-City Americans, WHL (Head Coach) 2021-present


  • AJHL Rookie of the Year (1987)
  • 2x WHL (West) Second All-Star Team (1988, 1989)
  • WHL Rookie of the Year (Jim Piggott Trophy) (1988)
  • WHL Player of the Year (Four Broncos Trophy) (1989)
  • U20 WJC Gold Medal (1990)


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