Barry Trotz

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Barry Trotz
Barry Trotz 1.jpg
Born (1962-07-15) July 15, 1962 (age 56)
Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada
PositionHead coach
General managerLou Lamoriello
TeamNew York Islanders
Previous team(s)Portland Pirates
Baltimore Skipjacks
Nashville Predators
Washington Capitals
Years as a coach1984–present
Years as an NHL coach1998–present

Barry Trotz (born July 15, 1962) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is also the former head coach of the NHL's Nashville Predators and the Washington Capitals. He was previously the coach of the American Hockey League (AHL)'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. On February 20, 2013, Lindy Ruff was fired by the Buffalo Sabres, making Trotz 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 National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs. On April 14, 2014, the Predators announced 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 Capitals.[3] On June 7, 2018, Trotz won his first Stanley Cup as the head coach, with the Capitals defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in five games, in the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship.

Coaching career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Before becoming a coach, Trotz played for the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Regina Pats from 1979 to 1982, winning the WHL Championship in 1980.[4] During that time, Trotz played in 191 games, scoring 15 goals, adding 60 assists and accumulating 324 penalty minutes.[5] Trotz played his final year of junior hockey in his home town of Dauphin, Manitoba, where the Kings won the Manitoba Junior Hockey League title as well as the Anavet Cup.[6]

Trotz said he realized his playing was not good enough for an NHL career,[7] and started having doubt about his future. He wound up getting a spot attending training camp for the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Hershey Bears in 1982 thanks to Jack Button, director of player recruitment at the Bears' NHL parent club, the Washington Capitals. Button said to Trotz he was invited because Button believed Trotz "might be a good minor league leader or a coach someday".[8] Trotz began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the University of Manitoba in 1984. The following season, he became the general manager 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 Washington 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.[9] Trotz led the Pirates to two Calder Cup Finals, winning the Calder Cup in the Pirates' inaugural season of 1994.[1]

Nashville Predators[edit]

Trotz during his tenure as head coach of the Nashville Predators.

When longtime Capitals general manager David Poile was hired by the newly established Nashville Predators, he decided to bring Trotz along to become the team's first head coach.[8] He was named the head coach of the Predators on August 6, 1997.[10] 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.[7]

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.[11] In a November 4, 2008, game against the Vancouver Canucks, Trotz became just the tenth head coach in NHL history to coach 750 games with a single team, and the 31st to reach that mark overall.

The 2006–07 season was Trotz's most successful season, leading the Predators to the second-most points in the Western Conference and third overall at 110.[4] However, they trailed their division rival the Detroit Red Wings, therefore denying them 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.[12] Trotz finished fourth in the Jack Adams Award voting at season's end, but was voted by his peers Sporting News NHL Coach of the Year. He is well respected around the NHL for keeping his team focused.[13] He led the Predators to four consecutive playoff appearances from 2003 to 2008, and reached the playoffs again in 2009–10. 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 Predators announced 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.[14] Trotz's 1,196 regular season games coached puts him 14th on the all-time coaching list, and his tenure with the Predators was the longest unbroken coaching stretch in league history.

Trotz during a practice session with the Washington Capitals in 2015.

Washington Capitals[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, 2014.[15]

On February 28, 2017, Trotz recorded his 700th win with a 4–1 victory over the New York Rangers, and became the sixth NHL coach to reach 700 wins.[16]

On June 7, 2018, Trotz and the Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in five games in the Stanley Cup Finals, and won his first Stanley Cup for the first time as head coach after 19 seasons. On June 18, 2018, Trotz resigned from the Capitals as their head coach due to a contract dispute.[17][18]

New York Islanders[edit]

On June 21, 2018, the New York Islanders hired Trotz as head coach.[19][20]


Medal record
Representing Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey, assistant coach
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2003 Finland
Silver medal – second place 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 Clarendon, Virginia, with his family: wife Kim and children Shalan, Tyson, Tiana and Nolan.[21]

An active member of the Nashville 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]

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost Tied OTL Points Finish Won Lost Win % 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 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
NSH 2005–06 82 49 25 8 106 2nd in Central 1 4 .200 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
NSH 2006–07 82 51 23 8 110 2nd in Central 1 4 .200 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
NSH 2007–08 82 41 32 9 91 2nd in Central 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
NSH 2008–09 82 40 34 8 88 5th in Central Missed playoffs
NSH 2009–10 82 47 29 6 100 3rd in Central 2 4 .333 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
NSH 2010–11 82 44 27 11 99 2nd in Central 6 6 .500 Lost in Conference Semifinals
NSH 2011–12 82 48 26 8 104 2nd in Central 5 5 .500 Lost in Conference Semifinals
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
NSH total 1,196 557 479 60 100 .533 19 31 .380
WSH 2014–15 82 45 26 11 101 2nd in Metropolitan 7 7 .500 Lost in Second Round
WSH 2015–16 82 56 18 8 120 1st in Metropolitan 6 6 .500 Lost in Second Round
WSH 2016–17 82 55 19 8 118 1st in Metropolitan 7 6 .538 Lost in Second Round
WSH 2017–18 82 49 26 7 105 1st in Metropolitan 16 8 .667 Won Stanley Cup
WSH total 328 205 89 34 .677 36 27 .571
Total 1,524 762 568 60 134 .564 3 division titles 55 58 .487 11 playoff appearances
1 Stanley Cup title


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