The Dallas Stars announced today that they have named Okanagan Hockey Academy’s Stu Barnes as an assistant coach.
Barnes, 46, spent the past two seasons on the OHA coaching staff, most recently as the Head Coach of the OHA Midget Prep White squad during the 2016-17 season where he led them to a 19-9-2 record.
"My family and I would like to thank OHA for a great experience,” said Barnes. “We enjoyed our time here and know that OHA will continue to provide a great atmosphere for all the athletes and families going forward.”
The Spruce Grove, Alta. product was previously an assistant coach with the Stars from 2008-2012.
Prior to coaching, Barnes spent 16 seasons in the NHL, amassing 597 points (261-336-597) in 1136 games, along with 62 points (30-32-62) in 116 post-season contests. He was originally drafted in the first round, fourth overall, by the Winnipeg Jets at the 1989 NHL Draft.
Barnes follows in the footsteps of another former OHA coach in Tim Hunter. Hunter was the Head Coach of the OHA Midget Varsity team during the 2011-12 season before becoming an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals in 2012-13. He is currently the Head Coach of the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors.
The Okanagan Hockey Academy would like to thank Stu for his contributions to the development of our student athletes and coaching staff the past two seasons and wish him the best of luck in his new role with the Stars.
During my three years in Penticton, OHA was influential in my growth as a student, an athlete, and most importantly a person. Their overwhelming support made the city feel like home and the community feel like family. It was truly a first class experience, in an elite program that has prepared me for my time in university and any future endeavors."