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5 Facts About Barry Trotz, The Islanders' New Coach

June 22, 2018 - 8:47 am


Barry Trotz is the new head coach of the New York Islanders. Here are five facts about the man who'll attempt to lead the Isles back to glory.

1. He just won his first Stanley Cup.

Trotz had been the Washington Capitals' head coach since 2014, and led his team to victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final earlier this week.

2. He grew up in a town of 8,000 people.

From Dauphin, a small town in Canada, Trotz was immediately drawn to hockey. He got his first coaching job at the nearby University of Manitoba. 

3. His family consists of his wife and four children.  

His kids are named Shalan, Tyson, Tiana and Nolan. Trotz’s wife is named Kim.

4. He won the Jack Adams Award in the 2015-16 season.

The Jack Adams Award is given to the coach who contributed the most to his team’s success, which at this time was the Washington Capitals. During this season, the team had a record of 56-18 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

5. He is heavily involved with the Best Buddies organization.

Trotz is dedicated to assisting people with intellectual and physical disabilities. He has taken the organization to the next level, using his celebrity status to elevate the nonprofit.  He is especially passionate about the topic since his son Nolan was born with down Syndrome.