By Carter Brooks
Photo by Andrew Gross
2017-18 Stanley Cup winning coach Barry Trotz has finally been awarded his championship ring.
The Dauphin product helped the Washington Capitals to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in last spring's NHL playoffs, guiding Alexander Ovechkin and Co. to a 16-6-2 record in the 2018 postseason. Following his Cup victory, Trotz determined it would be best to start fresh in a new city with a new team, and took on the head coaching duties of the New York Islanders, not long before celebrating his special day with the Cup back in his Manitoban home town.
After beginning his coaching career with the Nashville Predators, in which the former defenceman put together a 557-479-60-100 record over 1,196 games in 15 years, Trotz joined the Capitals in the 2014-15 season, helping himself to three division titles, two Presidents' Trophies, and ultimately one Stanley Cup.
On Monday night, Trotz's Islanders hosted his former Capitals for the first time since he departed the team last spring. Prior to puck drop, Trotz, along with current Islanders assistants Mitch Korn and Lane Lambert - who also made the transition from Washington for the 2018-19 season - visited the Capitals' room, where Ovechkin greeted his former coaching staff prior to presenting them with their already fitted Stanley Cup champions rings.
Trotz concluded his time in Washington with a 205-89-34 record, and remains as the franchise's all-time leader in win percentage behind the bench. His New York Islanders lost 4-1 to Washington Monday, and are now sitting in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division with a 12-9-2 record.