Barrie Stafford is currently in his 30th season with the Edmonton Oilers’ organization.
He was the Oiler?s Head Equipment Manager for 28 years and was transitioned to Director of Special Projects in April 2010.
Since joining the Edmonton training staff in 1982-83, “Staff” has contributed greatly to the success of the Oilers. He has been a member of Edmonton’s five Stanley Cup championship teams and was the trainer for the Campbell Conference All-Stars at the 1989 NHL All-Star Game held in Edmonton.
Stafford celebrated a career milestone during the 2007-08 season as he worked his 2,000th career NHL regular season game in the Oilers final regular season game ? a 2-1 win at Vancouver on April 3, 2008.
Stafford also has an extensive background in international hockey, serving as the Equipment Manager for Team Canada at eight major international tournaments. He won gold medals with Canada at the 1984, ’87 and ’91 Canada Cups, and he 1994 World Championships in Milan, Italy. He was a member of the gold medal winning Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and was with the 2006 Olympic Team in Torino Italy. He was with Team Canada when they won Gold at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey as well as silver in the inaugural World Cup in 1996.
A former Vice President of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers, Stafford made the move to the training room following an outstanding intercollegiate hockey career with the University of Alberta. In four seasons as a Golden Bear (1977-78 to 1980-81), he was a member of three Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) national championship teams, winning the University Cup from 1977-78 to 1979-80 and also won a gold medal at the 1981 World Student Games in Jaca, Spain. He was inducted into the University of Alberta?s Sports Wall of Fame on May 8, 2008.
Following his graduation from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education degree in 1981, Stafford began his professional training duties as the trainer for the Wichita Wind, Edmonton?s affiliate in the Central Hockey League, before joining the Oilers the following season.
A native of Banff, Alberta, he and his wife, Susan, have an avid interest in horses.