After playing a season with the hapless China Dragon in the Asia League of Hockey, Peterborough Petes alumnus Scott Barney has started 2017-18 with Anyang Halla. The Dragon, a team that won just a handful of games over the past several years, has dropped from the ALH this season. Barney moves from a team that had no way out of the basement to a team in Anyang, South Korea that is contending for first place, early in the season.
Scott is joined on the club by fellow Ontario Hockey League grad Eric Regan. Regan is in his third year with Anyang and his fifth year in the ALH. In each of his three seasons, the team has reached the finals, winning the championship the past two campaigns.
Scott Barney played four years in the OHL from 1995-96 to 1998-99, all with the Peterborough Petes. He was the ninth overall pick by the Petes at the 1995 OHL Priority Selection. Over his four years, Scott scored 128 goals and assisted on 115 for 243 points in 230 regular season games. In 42 playoff games, he added 23 points.
A good number of those playoff games were played in his first season in Peterborough. The Petes captured the championship in 1995-96, beating the Guelph Storm in the finals. Hosting the Memorial Cup, Peterborough went through to the final before losing to the Granby Predateurs of the QMJHL.
In his final season, Barney was team captain for the Petes. His 41 goals in 44 games were at a pace for 63 in a full 68 game schedule. That year, he saw his first pro hockey action, appearing in five regular season and one Calder Cup playoff game in the American Hockey League with the Springfield Falcons.
The Los Angeles Kings selected Scott in the second round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, 29th overall. He did not play hockey for three years from 1999-00 to 2001-02 due to a back injury. For most, that would be career ending. Not for Barney. He will turn 39 in March, 2018 and is still going strong.
Since 2002-03, he has played pro hockey in the NHL, AHL, Germany’s DEL and DEL2, Finland’s Liiga, the Czech Republic’s Extraliga, Switzerland’s NLB, Austria’s Inter-National League (now AlpsHL) and the ALH.
His time in the National Hockey League consists of 27 games between 2002-03 and 2005-06 with the Kings and Atlanta Thrashers. In 2015-16, he led the Inter-National League with 32 goals and 61 points in 32 games with EHC Lustenau. This past season, 2016-17, he put up good numbers despite playing for the disastrous China Dragon.
This season, he has scored four goals and assisted on one in Anyang Halla’s first six games.
Founded in 1994, Anyang Halla plays home games at the 2,900 seat Anyang Sports Complex Arena in Anyang, South Korea, a venue that opened in 2000. The team was ALH champs in 2009-10 and 2010-11. After missing the playoffs completely in 2013-14, they have been to the finals the past three seasons, capturing the title in the past two years.
Eric Regan is Barney’s only OHL grad teammate at the moment. Regan played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2004-05 to 2007-08 with the Erie Otters and Oshawa Generals. He was team captain during his final two seasons with Oshawa. This is Eric’s third year with Anyang and his fifth year in the ALH. Regan plays internationally for South Korea.
Anyang Halla is currently third in the eight team league after six games, just two points behind the leader.
Scott Barney OHL Stats