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Barry Trotz has been an NHL head coach for 18 years and it all started with the Nashville Predators back in the 1997-98 season. Now the head coach of the Capitals, he has notched his 700th career win as an NHL head coach.
Barry Trotz won 557 games during his time as the head coach of the Predators, and since coming to the Capitals, has continued to prove why he is one of the NHL’s all-time greatest bench bosses. With the Capitals earning a victory over the New York Rangers tonight, Trotz earned his aforementioned 700th career win as an NHL head coach. He is the only the sixth coach in the history of the NHL to reach the seventh century mark in wins, joining Scotty Bowman (1,244), Joel Quenneville (840*), Al Arbour (782), Ken Hitchcock (781), and Lindy Ruff (726*). Trotz is sixth on the all-time wins list behind Bowman, Quenneville, Arbour, Hitchcock, and Ruff. (*=still coaching). To put that achievement into perspective, there have been a total of 363 head coaches in the 100-year history of the National Hockey League, per Hockey Reference.
Trotz was hired as the 17th head coach in Capitals history on May 26, 2014, and along with General Manager Brian MacLellan, has transformed the Caps into the best team in the NHL two years running. Already in his third season behind the bench, the Capitals have gone 142-57-26 (.689 win percentage) and set a franchise record in wins last season with 56. The Capitals have become a better all-around team under Trotz and they are among the best defensive and offensive clubs in the league this season as they look to capture their first Stanley Cup.
After almost 18 full seasons behind an NHL bench, the 54-year old Trotz has shown no indication he’s ready to stop. By the time he’s finished, he could be among the Top 3 in all-time wins. And if he accomplishes that, the Washington Capitals can proudly say they were coached by an all-time great.
NoVa Caps congratulates Barry on this historic and monumental accomplishment!
By Jon Sorensen