Matthew Barnaby

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Matthew Barnaby
Born (1973-05-04) May 4, 1973 (age 45)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Rangers
Colorado Avalanche
Chicago Blackhawks
Dallas Stars
NHL Draft 83rd overall, 1992
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1992–2007
Website Matthew Barnaby

Matthew Barnaby (born May 4, 1973) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey right winger. Barnaby played in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks and the Dallas Stars.

Playing career[edit]

He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres 83rd overall in the fourth round in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Barnaby was drafted from the QMJHL where he spent four seasons with the Beauport Harfangs, Verdun Collège Français and Victoriaville Tigres, leading the league in penalty minutes in consecutive seasons in '92 and '93.[1] After completing his QMJHL career with the Tigres, Barnaby joined the Sabres for the end of 1992–93 season.

Barnaby was generally considered a pest and agitator and spent the next few seasons playing between the Sabres and AHL affiliate the Rochester Americans. Barnaby established a full-time role with the Sabres in the 1995-96 recording a career-high in penalty minutes with 335. He was frequently involved in on-ice altercations and among other incidents he made headlines in 1996, when in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers after a few hits and Barnaby lying on the ice presumably injured, a brawl between the two teams started. With the brawl in full motion, Barnaby jumped to his skates to punish Garth Snow, goaltender of the Flyers, who was poking Barnaby with his stick while the officials weren't looking.[2] In 1996-97 Barnaby showed his scoring talents when he scored a career-high 19 goals and 43 points in 68 games.

After seven seasons with the Sabres organization during the 1998–99 season, Barnaby was traded by the Sabres to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Stu Barnes on March 11, 1999. One of his most celebrated fights came the following season in 2000 against his former Sabre teammate Rob Ray after dining with Ray the previous night.[3]

Barnaby played in 129 games with the Penguins before he was traded on February 1, 2001, by Pittsburgh to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Wayne Primeau. After struggling to provide an impact to start the 2001–02 season for the Lightning, Barnaby was again traded to the New York Rangers for Zdeno Ciger on December 12, 2001. After going scoreless with the Tampa Bay in 29 games Barnaby responded with resurgence of form with the Rangers, scoring 21 points in only 48 games.

Matthew became a fan favourite in the Big Apple and played in 196 games before he was traded to the playoff bound Colorado Avalanche in the 2003–04 season, for David Liffiton and Chris McAllister on March 8, 2004.[4]

On July 2, 2004, he signed a lucrative three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.[5] After the 2004 NHL Lockout, Barnaby played his first season with the Hawks in 2005–06. Suffering from the year of hiatus he was subsequently bought-out of his contract following the season.[6]

Barnaby, again a free agent, signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars on July 5, 2006.[7] In the 2006–07 season, Barnaby recorded his 300th, and final point, on December 23, 2006 against the Edmonton Oilers.[8] He played only 39 games with the Stars before suffering a season ending concussion against the Phoenix Coyotes on January 9, 2007. Struggling with the effects of his concussion Barnaby announced his retirement from the NHL in July 2007.[9]

Broadcasting career[edit]

In September 2007, it was announced via the Sabres website that Barnaby would be given a tryout for replacing Jim Lorentz as color commentator for the Sabres. He served in that capacity for the September 26th pre-season game. The permanent position, however, went to Harry Neale instead. He also co-hosted The Enforcers on Time Warner Cable SportsNet with Rob Ray until joining ESPN as an NHL analyst in late 2008.[10]

Barnaby was forced to depart Time Warner Cable SportsNet after joining ESPN as its lead NHL analyst in October 2008, when Barry Melrose returned to the league to coach the Tampa Bay Lightning. Melrose returned to the network shortly after being fired just 16 games into the season. He is an occasional broadcaster and analyst for the show NHL on TSN and will serve as an analyst for their new hockey highlights show That's Hockey 2Nite.[11]

On December 5, 2011, ESPN terminated its contract with Barnaby after his arrest on suspicion of DWI earlier in the day.


Barnaby is known for his affable character off-ice and is one of the league's most willing interviewees.[12] While with the Penguins, Barnaby was known for his charity work, being very fan friendly, and had a very loyal band of fans named the "Barnaby Brigade". He had a long-standing feud with Lyle Odelein, Barnaby infamously referred to his longtime rival as "Cornelius," a reference to the Roddy McDowall character in Planet of the Apes.[13] He is mostly of Anglo-Canadian origins, but speaks fluent French, having moved to the province of Quebec with his family, at a young age. He is very attached to the Québécois community and is a big Montreal Canadiens fan. His favorite musical artists are Detritus and Tracy Chapman. Matthew is in a relationship with Rhonda White.


Barnaby lives in Buffalo, New York, where he and former Sabres teammate Rob Ray own a construction company.[14]

He was arrested for domestic violence on May 13, 2011, in Amherst, New York.[15] Barnaby was accused of causing an estimated $300 in damage after kicking a garage door in an attempt to enter the suburban Buffalo home where his estranged wife and two children live, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita's office said.[16] On May 14, 2011, he pleaded not guilty to felony criminal mischief and was ordered to complete 500 hours of community service to have charges dropped. As part of the ruling, Barnaby also was issued a one-year order of protection from his wife. He was barred from taking what was described as any "offensive" action against his wife, and also was ordered to avoid contact with his wife's boyfriend, the DA's office said.

Barnaby also was ordered to continue attending anger management counseling.

As part of the plea agreement, the misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and aggravated harassment were to be dropped if he fulfilled the judge's order within a year. [16][17] On December 5, 2011, Barnaby was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in New York.[16] ESPN subsequently terminated his contract.[18]

On December 13, 2011, he pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and as a result was ordered to pay $1,500 in fines and serve 100 hours of community service.[19]

With the 2013-14 season, Barnaby is playing Senior "AAA" hockey with the Dundas Real McCoys of the Ontario Hockey Association's Major League Hockey.[20]

In June 2016, Barnaby was named an assistant coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers.

He was released from the Kitchener Rangers October 3, 2017

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 52 9 5 14 262
1991–92 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 63 29 37 66 476
1992–93 Beauport Harfangs QMJHL 19 12 23 35 144
1992–93 Verdun Collège Français QMJHL 33 26 35 61 217
1992–93 Victoriaville Tigres QMJHL 13 6 9 15 87 6 2 4 6 44
1992–93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 1 0 1 10 1 0 1 1 4
1993–94 Rochester Americans AHL 42 10 32 42 153
1993–94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 35 2 4 6 106 3 0 0 0 17
1994–95 Rochester Americans AHL 56 21 29 50 274
1994–95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 23 1 1 2 116
1995–96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 15 16 31 335
1996–97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 19 24 43 249 8 0 4 4 36
1997–98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 5 20 25 289 15 7 6 13 22
1998–99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 44 4 14 18 143
1998–99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 2 2 4 34 13 0 0 0 35
1999–00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 12 12 24 197 11 0 2 2 29
2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 47 1 4 5 168
2000–01 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 29 4 4 8 97
2001–02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 29 0 0 0 70
2001–02 New York Rangers NHL 48 8 13 21 144
2002–03 New York Rangers NHL 79 14 22 36 142
2003–04 New York Rangers NHL 69 12 20 32 120
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 13 4 5 9 37 11 0 2 2 27
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 8 20 28 178
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 39 1 6 7 127
2013–14 Dundas Real McCoys ACH 3 1 2 3 14
NHL totals 834 113 187 300 2562 62 7 15 22 170

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Barnaby putting up fight for teammates, Cup". ESPN. 2007-01-18.
  2. ^ "Heroes & Villains: Matthew Barnaby". 2009-05-26.
  3. ^ "Interview with Penguin Barnaby". 2001-03-20.
  4. ^ "Rangers get defenseman, draftee". ESPN. 2004-03-08.
  5. ^ "'Hawks rely on grit for turnaround". ESPN. 2004-07-30.
  6. ^ "Hawks buyout Barnaby, Brown". Chicago Blackhawks. 2006-06-26.
  7. ^ "Addition of Barnaby adds gritty toughness and leadership". Dallas Stars. 2006-08-03.
  8. ^ "Klemm's first points, Turco's 20 saves carry Stars to win". ESPN. 2006-12-23.
  9. ^ "If Barnaby Comes Back, Stars the Only Choice". Dallas Stars. 2007-05-01.
  10. ^ "Welcome, Mr. Barnaby..lets preview 2008–09". ESPN. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
  11. ^ That's Hockey 2Nite homepage
  12. ^ "Matthew Barnaby Brick Hockey Tournament Interview". brickhockeyhighlights. 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
  13. ^ Molinari, Dave (2001-03-20). "Barnaby, Odelein go ape over long-standing feud". Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
  14. ^ "Matthew Barnaby Interviews with Pens Universe". Pensuniverse. 2007-03-20. Archived from the original on April 24, 2009. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
  15. ^ Former Sabre arrested for domestic violence,, May 13, 2011.
  16. ^ a b c ESPN splits with NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby following DWI arrest - ESPN
  17. ^
  18. ^ ESPN Fires NHL Analyst Matthew Barnaby After DWI | SI Wire Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Ex-Buffalo Sabre Matthew Barnaby Pleads Guilty to DWI".
  20. ^ Former NHLer Matthew Barnaby joins Dundas Real McCoys

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sandy McCarthy
Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award Winner
2002–03 NHL season
Succeeded by
Jed Ortmeyer