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.
Two of the NHL’s top five all-time in games coached—Joel Quenneville and Barry Trotz—will be behind their respective benches tonight at United Center. Trotz, meantime, is set to join Quenneville in the 1,500 club. #Caps #CapsHawks pic.twitter.com/PgG6bXOe4D
— Tarik El-Bashir⌨️🎙🏒 (@TarikNBCS) February 17, 2018
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