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.