July 15, 1962|
Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada
|General manager||Lou Lamoriello|
|Team||New York Islanders|
|Years as a coach||1984-present|
|Years as an NHL coach||1998-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, 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. On May 26, 2014, Trotz was announced as the new head coach of the Capitals. 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.
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. During that time, Trotz played in 191 games, scoring 15 goals, adding 60 assists and accumulating 324 penalty minutes. 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.
Trotz said he realized his playing was not good enough for an NHL career, 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". 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.
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. Trotz led the Pirates to two Calder Cup Finals, winning the Calder Cup in the Pirates' inaugural season of 1994.
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. He was named the head coach of the Predators on August 6, 1997. 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.
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. 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. Coincidentally, Crisp now works as a radio and TV broadcaster for the Predators. 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. 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. 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. 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. The Predators hired Peter Laviolette as Trotz's replacement on May 6, 2014. 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.
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.
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, the longest such wait in NHL history. On June 18, 2018, Trotz resigned from the Capitals as their head coach due to a contract dispute.
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.
|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|
|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|
|Total||1,524||762||568||60||134||.564||3 division titles||55||58||.487||11 playoff appearances|
1 Stanley Cup title
| Head coach of the Nashville Predators
| Head coach of the Washington Capitals
| Head coach of the New York Islanders
|Awards and achievements|
| Jack Adams Award