Barry Trotz

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Barry Trotz
Barry Trotz 1.jpg
Born (1962-07-15) July 15, 1962 (age 52)
Dauphin, MB, CAN
Current general manager Brian MacLellan
Current team Washington Capitals
Previous team(s) Portland Pirates
Baltimore Skipjacks
Nashville Predators
Years as a coach 1984–present
Years as an NHL coach 1998–present

Barry Trotz (born July 15, 1962) is the head coach of the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals and the former head coach of the NHL's Nashville Predators. He was previously the coach of the American Hockey League's Baltimore Skipjacks and Portland Pirates, with whom he won an AHL championship in 1994. That same year, he won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award,[1] which is awarded to the outstanding coach in the AHL as voted upon by the AHL Broadcasters and Writers. With the firing of Lindy Ruff by the Buffalo Sabres on February 20, 2013, Trotz, the only coach the Predators had ever known in their 15-year history, became the longest-tenured head coach in the NHL. He was also the second-longest tenured coach in the four major North American professional leagues, behind only Gregg Popovich of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs. On April 14, 2014, the Nashville Predators announced that Trotz would not return for his 16th season as head coach.[2] On May 26, 2014, Trotz was announced as the new head-coach of the Washington Capitals.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Before becoming a coach, Trotz played for the WHL's Regina Pats from 1979 to 1982, winning the WHL Championship in 1980.[4] Trotz played his final year of junior hockey in his home town of Dauphin, Manitoba, where the Kings won the MJHL title as well as the Anavet Cup.[5]

Trotz said that he realized his playing was not good enough for a National Hockey League career,[6] and started having doubt on his future. He wound up getting a spot attending training camp for the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears in 1982 thanks to Jack Button, director of player recruitment at the Bears' NHL parent, the Washington Capitals. Button declared to the young prospect that his invitation came because the executive believed Trotz "might be a good minor league leader or a coach someday.”[7] Trotz began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Manitoba in 1984. The following season, he became the GM and head coach for the Dauphin Kings. In 1987, he returned to the University of Manitoba as head coach, while also serving as a part-time scout for the Capitals.[4]

Trotz became the head coach for the Capitals' minor league affiliate, the Baltimore Skipjacks, in 1992. On March 26, 1993 the franchise moved to Portland, Maine and was renamed the Portland Pirates.[8] Trotz led the Pirates to two Calder Cup Finals, winning the Calder Cup in the Pirates' inaugural season of 1994.[1]

Nashville career[edit]

As former Capitals general manager David Poile was hired by the newly established expansion team Nashville Predators, he decided to bring Trotz along to become the team's coach.[7] He was named the head coach of the Predators on August 6, 1997.[9] Even before the team began play, Trotz was involved in the Predators expansion process, doing player scouting and helping design the team facilities at the Nashville Arena.[6]

In the debut of both Trotz and the Predators at the 1998–99 NHL season, the team won 28 games, the third highest for an expansion team to date.[4] He holds the record for most games coached by the first coach of an NHL expansion franchise, previously held by Terry Crisp for the Tampa Bay Lightning.[4] Coincidentally, Crisp now works as a radio and TV broadcaster for the Predators.[10] In a November 4, 2008 game vs. the Vancouver Canucks, Trotz became just the 10th head coach in NHL history to coach 750 games with a single team, and the 31st to reach that mark overall.

2006–2007 was Trotz's most successful season, leading the Predators to the second-most points in the Western Conference and third overall[4] at 110. But unfortunately they trailed division rival Detroit, thus being denied the first division championship in club history. The Predators would fare no better in the playoffs, losing 4–1 to the San Jose Sharks in the opening round just as they did the year before.[11] Trotz finished 4th in the Jack Adams voting at season's end, but was voted by his peers Sporting News NHL Coach of the Year. He is well respected around the league for keeping his team focused.[12] He led the Predators to four consecutive playoff appearances from 2003 to 2008, and reached the postseason again in the 2009–10 NHL season. Shortly after being eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks in six games, on April 28, 2010, Trotz was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for NHL coach of the year alongside Joe Sacco of the Colorado Avalanche and Dave Tippett of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Trotz won his 500th game with a 4–1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on March 30, 2012.

On April 14, 2014, the Nashville Predators announced that Trotz would not return for his 16th season as head coach.[2] (The Predators hired Peter Laviolette as Trotz's replacement on May 6, 2014.[13]) His 1,196 regular season games coached puts him 14th on the all-time coaching list.

Washington career[edit]

Despite the Predators inviting Trotz to work in their hockey operations department, he wanted to remain coaching. Eventually the Washington Capitals, the same team that gave Trotz his first opportunities in professional hockey, hired him on May 26.[14]


Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey, assistant coach
World Championship
Gold 2003 Finland
Silver 2009 Switzerland

Trotz was assistant coach for Canada at the IIHF World Championships three times: 2002, 2003 (when they won the gold medal) and 2009.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Trotz currently lives in Brentwood, Tennessee, with his family: wife Kim and children Shalan, Tyson, Tiana and Nolan.[1]

An active member of the community, Trotz won the Community Spirit Award in 2005 for various charitable works, including donating $500 to My Friends' House (a United Way agency) for each Nashville victory through several seasons; serving as an active board member for the Williamson County YMCA and the United Way; working closely with Best Buddies of Tennessee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.[4]

Trotz was named to the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame in 2005,[1] and to the University of Manitoba Hall of Fame in 2001.[4]

Trotz is affectionately referred to as "The Gingerbread Man" by Washington Capital players and fans.[15]

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
NSH 1998–99 82 28 47 7 - 63 5th in Central Missed playoffs
NSH 1999–00 82 28 40 7 7 70 5th in Central Missed playoffs
NSH 2000–01 82 34 36 9 3 80 3rd in Central Missed playoffs
NSH 2001–02 82 28 41 13 0 69 4th in Central Missed playoffs
NSH 2002–03 82 27 35 13 7 74 4th in Central Missed playoffs
NSH 2003–04 82 38 29 11 4 91 3rd in Central Lost in first round
NSH 2005–06 82 49 25 - 8 106 2nd in Central Lost in first round
NSH 2006–07 82 51 23 - 8 110 2nd in Central Lost in first round
NSH 2007–08 82 41 32 - 9 91 2nd in Central Lost in first round
NSH 2008–09 82 40 34 - 8 88 5th in Central Missed playoffs
NSH 2009–10 82 47 29 - 6 100 3rd in Central Lost in first round
NSH 2010–11 82 44 27 - 11 99 2nd in Central Lost in second round
NSH 2011-12 82 48 26 - 8 104 2nd in Central Lost in second round
NSH 2012-13 48 16 23 - 9 41 5th in Central Missed playoffs
NSH 2013-14 82 38 32 - 12 88 6th in Central Missed playoffs (Coaching contract not renewed)
Total 1196 557 479 60 100


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  2. ^ a b What's next for fired coach Barry Trotz?
  3. ^ Barry Trotz named Caps head coach, Brian MacLellan promoted to GM
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  5. ^ Johnston, Ron (May 1, 2011). "EX-REGINA PATS - BARRY TROTZ". Regina Pats Alumni. 
  6. ^ a b Russell, Jimi (2012-10-22). "Morning Skate With Head Coach Barry Trotz". Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  7. ^ a b McNally, Brian (May 28, 2014). "For Barry Trotz, path to coaching hockey started early". The Washington Times. 
  8. ^ Edward D. Murphy (2010-03-23). "Pirates, arena on a short lease, The team will stay in Portland for two years, but keep exploring other venues.". Press Herald. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  9. ^ "Nashville Predators Timeline". WSMV-TV. Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  10. ^ "Crisp & Weber Added to The Palm's Wall of Honor". Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  11. ^ "2007 NHL Playoff Summary". Hockey Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  12. ^ Kevin Allen (January 4, 2010). "Poile, Trotz find ways to keep Predators competitive on a budget". USA Retrieved 2010-04-16. 
  13. ^ Peter Laviolette hired to replace Barry Trotz as Predators coach
  14. ^ Caps hire Trotz as coach, make MacLellan new GM
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Preceded by
Position created
Head coach of the Nashville Predators
Succeeded by
Peter Laviolette
Preceded by
Adam Oates
Head coach of the Washington Capitals