Even though he is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, Barry Trotz still got his day with the Stanley Cup after winning it with the Washington Capitals last season.Lord Stanley was in tow for Barry Trotz’s return home, and with that the veteran of 19 seasons has finally done it all.
Throughout his career, Trotz spent 15 years with the Nashville Predators and three with the Washington Capitals Trotz had brought his team to the postseason 10 times, won the President’s Trophy (awarded to the league’s best team during the regular-season) twice, and won the Jack Adams awarded (awarded to the league’s best coach) in 2016.
The only thing his résumé was lacking was a Stanley Cup and entering his 19th season (fourth with the Capitals) on an expiring contract, expectations were low for Trotz’s team.
However, under his guidance, they defied all odds and emerged victorious as Stanley Cup champions.
Less than two weeks later, Trotz surprisingly resigned and on Jun. 21, the 56-year-old signed a five-year deal to become the head coach of the New York Islanders.
Despite signing on with the Islanders, the show went on, and like every other member of the Capitals’ Cup-winning team, Trotz got his day with the Stanley Cup was August 22, this past Wednesday.
Prior to the Cup’s arrival in Trotz’s hometown of Dauphin, Manitoba (the same hometown as Ryan Pulock!), the city had a street renamed “Barry Trotz Way” which sits less than a block away from his parents’ house.
Parade in Dauphin today for #NHL coach Barry Trotz visiting with #StanleyCup. After sharing Stanley with hometown, Trotz says family gets private time with big mug "like a firepit, and you stare at it." https://t.co/WLFVUCsS7d pic.twitter.com/7ZEteIJXr9
— Heather Wells (@HeatherWellsCBC) August 22, 2018
The Cup traveled all around Manitoba from senior centers to the Dauphin Regional Health Centre to a parade in his honor.
A proud community welcomes home Head Coach Barry Trotz (Dauphin, MB) #StanleyCup @Capitals @NHL @HockeyHallFame @NYIslanders pic.twitter.com/EWDt3YZ7ya
— Philip Pritchard (@keeperofthecup) August 22, 2018
Trotz also rode with the Cup on a horse and set up a photoshoot with himself and the Cup. All of the proceeds from the event will go to charity, with Trotz promising to pledge up to $75,000. The Cup’s day concluded in the evening with some privacy for the Trotz family.
Here’s to the hope that Trotz can return with Lord Stanley in the blue and orange.