Barry Trotz to Coach in 1,500th Career Game, Fifth Coach Ever to Do So

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While the Capitals will be looking to win their second straight game tonight in Chicago against the Blackhawks, tonight’s game will mark Head Coach Barry Trotz’ 1,500th NHL game coached of his career. In doing so, Trotz will become just the fifth coach in NHL history ever to reach the mark.

Coincidentally, Trotz will be facing Joel Quenneville, one of the five coaches who have coached 1,500 games (Quenneville will be coaching in his 1,598th game), per NBC Sports Washington’s Tarik El-Bashir. Trotz began his Head Coaching career in 1997 with the Nashville Predators, and 1,196 of his 1,499 games coached (80%) thus far came as coach of the Predators. Tonight’s game will be Trotz’ 304th behind the Capitals bench since he was hired prior to the 2014-15 season.

Trotz is without a doubt a future Hall of Famer, as he ranks fifth on the all-time wins list and has won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year (in 2016 with the Capitals). In his nearly four-year tenure as the Caps’ bench boss, Trots has a record of 189-8-34 (.680 winning percentage) in the aforementioned 303 games behind the Washington bench and a record of 20-19 (.519 win percentage) in 39 playoff games. Trotz ranks fourth in franchise history in wins by a head coach (and is four wins away from passing Ron Wilson for third all-time), and is one of just two coaches (former bench boss and current Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau is the other) to win the Jack Adams Award.

NoVa Caps congratulates Coach Trotz on this impressive milestone!!

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first and only Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography and reading in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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2 Responses to Barry Trotz to Coach in 1,500th Career Game, Fifth Coach Ever to Do So

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