Sunday, May 1, 2011


by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

Barry Trotz was born July 5, 1962, in Dauphin, Manitoba, and started his Junior Hockey career as a Defenceman with the Regina Blues during the 1979-1980 season, who played in the (SJHL) Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. They were a farm team of the Regina Pats . The same season he played 41 games with the Pats of the (WHL) Western Hockey League. Trotz played with the Pats until the 1981-1982 season, winning the WHL Championship in 1980. He played his final year of junior hockey in his home town of Dauphin, Manitoba, where the Kings won the MJHL title as well as winning the Anavet Cup (Champions of the Province of Manitoba and Saskatchewan).

He was never known as a hockey star, but he was rugged and a steady player who overcame a serious injury to achieve success in the minors. Trotz began his coaching career at the University of Manitoba in 1984 as an assistant coach.
The following season Trotz became the General Manager and Head coach for the Dauphin Kings. For the 1987 season Trotz returned to the University of Manitoba this time as its 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, for the 1992 season. On March 26, 1993 the franchise moved to Portland, Maine becoming the Portland Pirates. Trotz lead the Pirates to two Calder Cup Finals, winning the Calder Cup in the Pirates' inaugural season of 1994. In the 1993-94 season won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Trophy for being the outstanding Coach.

May be one of a few that never played Semi or Pro hockey, but has become a well known NHL Head Coach of the Nashville Predators in 1997.

He was named the head coach of Predators on August 6, 1997, and was the team's first head coach as they played their first season in 1998-1999. Trotz led the Predators to a 28 win season, the third highest for an expansion team. He holds the record for most games coached by the first coach of an NHL franchise. The record for an expansion franchise was previously held by Terry Crisp while with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Coincidentally, Crisp now works as a radio and TV broadcaster for the Nashville Predators.

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. As of January 2011 Trotz continues to be Nashville’s head coach and is currently the second-longest tenured coach. During the 2006-2007 Trotz had his most successful season, leading the Predators to the second most points in the Western Conference and third overall at 110, they trailed division rival Detroit meaning that the Predators would be denied their first division championship in club history.

Trotz led the Predators to four consecutive playoff appearances from 2003–2008 and reached the post season again in the 2009-2011 NHL season. Previous to 2011 his team always lost out in round one, (2003-04 to 2007-08 and again in 2009-10, but in 2011 got as far as round round two, only to lose out to Vanouver Canucks.

He has been an assistant coach three times for Canada at the IIHF World Championships, 2002, 2009 and part of the Gold Medal winning 2003 team.

Trotz was honored as member of the Portland Pirates Hall of fame in 2005, and as a member of the University of Manitoba Hall of fame in 2001.