Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Barr
Dave Barr's accomplishments in junior were overlooked by scouts, perhaps because of the attention paid to four of his Lethbridge teammates, all of them named Sutter. Undrafted, Barr was eventually signed as a free agent by the Boston Bruins, the first of eight NHL teams for the journeyman right-winger.

Barr's best years were with Detroit but he was stolen away from the Wings by an arbitrator's decision in 1991. The Wings got word that their division rivals, the St. Louis Blues, had their eye on Troy Crowder of the New Jersey Devils. The Wings didn't want Crowder mixing it up with their tough guy, Bob Probert, and signed him instead. The Devils asked for Probert as compensation but were given Barr and Randy McKay. Barr couldn't recapture the good times he had in Detroit and ended his career in the IHL.

Along the way, he was traded four times and signed as a free agent by Dallas in 1993-94, a season marred by serious elbow surgery that prevented Barr from getting back into the NHL. His best year was 1988-89 with Detroit when he scored 27 goals, not bad for a player no one wanted as a draft eligible prospect. He retired in 1997 to pursue coaching in the IHL with Houston.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Pincher Creek Panthers AJHL 60 16 32 48 53
1977-78 Billings Bighorns WCJHL 2 0 1 1 0
1978-79 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 72 16 19 35 61 8 4 0 4 2
1979-80 Great Falls Americans WHL 3 0 1 1 10
1979-80 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 27 4 12 16 18
1979-80 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 30 12 25 37 29
1980-81 Lethbridge Broncos WHL 72 26 62 88 106 10 4 10 14 4
1981-82 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 1 0
1981-82 Erie Blades AHL 76 18 48 66 29
1982-83 Boston Bruins NHL 10 1 1 2 7 +1 10 0 0 0 2
1982-83 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 72 27 51 78 67
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 6 0 0 0 2 0
1983-84 Tulsa Oilers CHL 50 28 37 65 24
1983-84 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1984-85 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 16 18 34 32 +5 2 0 0 0 2
1985-86 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 13 38 51 70 +11 11 1 1 2 14
1986-87 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 0 0 0 +1
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 30 2 4 6 19 -1
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 37 13 13 26 49 +7 13 1 0 1 14
1987-88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 51 14 26 40 58 +20 16 5 7 12 22
1988-89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 27 32 59 69 +12 6 3 1 4 6
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 10 25 35 45 +5
1989-90 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 9 1 14 15 17
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 18 22 40 55 +20
1991-92 New Jersey Devils NHL 41 6 12 18 32 +9
1991-92 Utica Devils AHL 1 0 0 0 7
1992-93 New Jersey Devils NHL 62 6 8 14 61 +1 5 1 0 1 6
1993-94 Dallas Stars NHL 20 2 5 7 21 -6 3 0 1 1 4
1993-94 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 4 3 2 5 5
1994-95 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 66 18 41 59 77 16 1 4 5 8
1995-96 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 82 38 62 100 87 23 8 13 21 14
1996-97 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 50 15 29 44 29 9 2 3 5 8
NHL Totals 614 128 204 332 520 71 12 10 22 70


Signed as a free agent by Boston, September 28, 1981. Traded to NY Rangers by Boston for Dave Silk, October 5, 1983. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with NY Rangers' 3rd round choice (Alan Perry) in 1984 Entry Draft and cash for Larry Patey and the rights to Bob Brooke, March 5, 1984. Traded to Hartford by St. Louis for Tim Bothwell, October 21, 1986. Traded to Detroit by Hartford for Randy Ladouceur, January 12, 1987. Transferred to New Jersey from Detroit with Randy McKay as compensation for Detroit's signing of free agent Troy Crowder, September 9, 1991. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, August 28, 1993.
Missed majority of 1993-94 due to arthroscopic elbow surgery, October 13, 1993.
Officially announced retirement and named Assistant Coach of Houston (IHL), July 15, 1997.
Also served as Assistant General Manager with Houston (IHL) in 1999-2000.