Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Stu Barnes
Stu Barnes was a minor-league hockey sensation in the province of Alberta. From the time he was ten years old, a celebrated pee-wee player scorching goalies from the mountains to the prairies, people talked about him being a star scorer in the NHL. In junior he continued to put up big numbers--386 points in three WHL seasons, capturing MVP honours in 1989.

When he made the transition to the big league, first with Winnipeg, the team that originaly drafted him back in 1989 and then with Florida, his duties were suddenly a checker, filling a role by stopping the other team's best players. After a trade to Pittsburgh in 1996, Barnes, with the retirement of Mario Lemieux who has since returned to the Penguins, was given a chance to return to his offensive game, playing on a line with Jaromir Jagr. The one-time defensive specialist responded with a thirty-goal season, reminding hockey fans in Alberta of the time when everybody was talking about the kid from Spruce Grove.

In 1988-89, his goal total slipped down to 20 and he was subsequently dealt to the Buffalo Sabres. Barnes went on to play three full seasons with the Sabres before being dealt to the Dallas Stars midway through the 2002-03 season. Upon his arrival with the Stars, Barnes has gone on to surpass the 800 games played plateau and during the 2003-04 season notched his 500th NHL point.

On the international stage, Barnes represented his homeland at the 1990 World Junior Championships and went on to play one season with Canada's National Team in 1990-91.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Spruce Grove Blades AMHL
1986-87 St. Albert Saints AJHL 53 41 34 75 103 19 7 15 22
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
1989-90 Canada WJC-A 7 2 4 6 6
1990-91 Canada Nat-Tm 53 22 27 49 68
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 46 8 9 17 26 -2
1991-92 Moncton Hawks AHL 30 13 19 32 10 11 3 9 12 6
1992-93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 38 12 10 22 10 -3 6 1 3 4 2
1992-93 Moncton Hawks AHL 42 23 31 54 58
1993-94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 18 5 4 9 8 -1
1993-94 Florida Panthers NHL 59 18 20 38 30 +5
1994-95 Florida Panthers NHL 41 10 19 29 8 +7
1995-96 Florida Panthers NHL 72 19 25 44 46 -12 22 6 10 16 4
1996-97 Florida Panthers NHL 19 2 8 10 10 -3
1996-97 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 17 22 39 16 -20 5 0 1 1 0
1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 30 35 65 30 +15 6 3 3 6 2
1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 20 12 32 20 -12
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 17 0 4 4 10 +1 21 7 3 10 6
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 20 25 45 16 -3 5 3 0 3 2
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 19 24 43 26 -2 13 4 4 8 2
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 17 31 48 26 +6
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 11 21 32 20 -13
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 13 2 5 7 8 +2 12 2 3 5 0
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 77 11 18 29 18 +7 5 0 0 0 0
2004-05
2005-06 Dallas Stars NHL 78 15 21 36 44 +9 5 1 1 2 0
2006-07 Dallas Stars NHL 82 13 12 25 40 -2 7 1 3 4 4
2007-08 Dallas Stars NHL 79 12 11 23 26 -3 9 2 1 3 2
NHL Totals 1136 261 336 597 438 116 30 32 62 24


WHL West Second All-Star Team (1988, 1989)
WHL Rookie of the Year (1988)
WHL Player of the Year (1989)
Traded to Florida by Winnipeg with St. Louis' 6th round pick (previously acquired, later traded to Edmonton - later traded back to Winnipeg - Winnipeg selected Chris Kibermanis) in 1994 NHL Draft for Randy Gilhen, November 25, 1993. Traded to Pittsburgh by Florida with Jason Woolley for Chris Wells, November 19, 1996. Traded to Buffalo by Pittsburgh for Matthew Barnaby, March 11, 1999. Traded to Dallas by Buffalo for Michael Ryan and Dallas's 2nd round pick (Branislav Fabry) in 2003 NHL Draft, March 10, 2003. Officially announced his retirement, August 28, 2008.
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