Barry Long (ice hockey)

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Barry Long
Barry Long action shot.jpg
Born (1949-01-03) January 3, 1949 (age 65)
Red Deer, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Los Angeles Kings
Edmonton Oilers
Winnipeg Jets
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1968–1982

Barry Long (born January 3, 1949) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and coach.

Long began his career with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, and then played with the Central Hockey League's Dallas Black Hawks. Coveted at as third line defensive forward, Long signed with the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League in 1972. Seeking a more offensive role, after two years with the team, he signed with the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association. He scored 20 goals in 1974-75 and was a second team all star for the league. After one more solid season with Edmonton, he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets. A physical, gritty forward with soft hands, Long was again a second team all star in the WHA's last year before its merger with the NHL.[1]

In the entry draft that followed the merger, Long was claimed by the Detroit Red Wings. After one year with this club, he returned to the Jets, playing one full season before suffering a career ending injury five games into the 1981-82 campaign. Upon retirement, he became a Winnipeg assistant, and during the 1983-84 season, he became head coach. In 1984-85, Long's club finished with 96 points and won a first round playoff series, but a poor start during the next campaign led to his firing after 66 games.[2]

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Winnipeg Jets 1983-84 59 25 25 9 (73) 4th in Smythe Lost in Division Semi Finals
Winnipeg Jets 1984-85 80 43 27 10 96 2nd in Smythe Lost in Division Finals
Winnipeg Jets 1985-86 66 19 41 6 (59) 3rd in Smythe (Fired)
NHL Total 205 87 93 25

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Preceded by
Lars-Erik Sjoberg
Winnipeg Jets captains
1978–79
Succeeded by
Lars-Erik Sjöberg
Preceded by
Tom Watt
Head coach of the original Winnipeg Jets
198386
Succeeded by
John Ferguson, Sr.