PENTICTON, BC -- Okanagan Hockey Group Vice-President Dixon Ward announced today that Stu Barnes has been named Head Coach of Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA) Prep White.
“We are excited to have Stu join our coaching staff on a full-time basis,” said Ward. “He brings with him an extensive knowledge base and a tremendous amount of experience in the game.
Barnes, 45, moves into the head coaching position after spending the 2015-16 season as a skills coach with OHA.
"I'm excited to return to OHA and be a part of the already tremendous staff,” said Barnes. “I've been very impressed with the program at OHA and look forward to helping continue their great work."
The native of Spruce Grove, Alberta spent three seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Dallas Stars from 2008-2011 and has been a co-owner of the WHL Tri-City Americans since 2004.
Barnes enjoyed an illustrious playing career that saw him play 1252 combined NHL regular season and playoff games with the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars. He was selected fourth overall by the Jets at the 1989 NHL Draft.
Prior to playing professionally, Barnes played three seasons in the WHL with the New Westminster Bruins and Tri-City Americans. He won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 1990 World Junior Championship.
OHA Prep White plays in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League’s Midget Prep Division, competing against teams from across British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Idaho.
Okanagan Hockey is pleased to welcome back Stu and his wife, Julie, along with their daughter, Riley, and son, Jack, to Penticton.
OHA was amazing for the development of my hockey career; the skills you learn allow you to excel when you move on to the next level."