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Dave Barr
Minnesota Wild - Assistant Coach
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Dave Barr was named an Assistant Coach for the Wild on July 3, 2009. He spent the 2008-09 season as an Assistant Coach for the Colorado Avalanche. Prior to joining the Avalanche, he worked four seasons (2004-08) with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, where he served as both General Manager and Head Coach. Barr, 49 (11/30/60), won the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL’s Coach of the Year in 2005-06. In recognition of his work at the junior level, Barr was selected to coach Canada’s National Summer Under-18 Team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August of 2007.

He served as a player/assistant coach in the International Hockey League with the Orlando Solar Bears for two seasons (1995-97). Barr spent three seasons (1997-2000) as an Assistant Coach with the Houston Aeros and one season as Head Coach (2000-01). In 1998-99, the Aeros set a club record with a league-leading 54-15-13 record and claimed the IHL’s Turner Cup. He also served as General Manager for the Aeros for two seasons (2001-03) including winning the Calder Cup in 2003.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Barr recorded 332 points (128-204=332) and 520 penalty minutes in 614 NHL contests during 13 seasons with the Boston Bruins (1981-83), New York Rangers (1983-84), St. Louis Blues (1983-87), Hartford Whalers (1986-87), Detroit Red Wings (1986-91), New Jersey Devils (1991-93) and Dallas Stars (1993-94).

He and his wife, Debbie, have two children, a daughter, Allison and a son, Ryan.


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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense