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Michael Barnett (born 1948 in Edmontonmarker, Albertamarker) is a Canadianmarker ice hockey executive currently serving as advisor and scout with the New York Rangers. He was formerly a professional ice hockey player, sports agent, and National Hockey League general manager.

Sports career

Barnett played for the St. Lawrence Universitymarker Skating Saints before turning pro. Barnett's professional career led him to play for the Long Island Cougars (the NAHL affiliate of the WHA's Chicago Cougars), and the Roanoke Valley Rebels (affiliate of the Houston Aeros), however his playing career ended due to an eye injury in 1975. Following his playing career, Barnett joined IMG's hockey division as an agent, helping negotiate contracts for several high-profile players including Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, Paul Coffey, Jaromir Jagr, Joe Thornton, Lanny McDonald, Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny, Owen Nolan, Mats Sundin, and Dany Heatley. From 2001 to 2007 he was the GM for the Phoenix Coyotes.

On July 8, 2008, Barnett was named Senior Advisor to the President and General Manager and Director of U.S. Amateur Scouting for the New York Rangers.


  • Barnett earned his BPE from the University of Calgarymarker in 1972.
  • In the 2001 the Hockey News ranked Barnett 29th on its list of "People of Power and Influence."
  • Barnett's nickname among friends is "Barney."


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