Barry Trotz returned to the the New York Islanders for practice Saturday after the coach was away to attend the funeral of his mother in Dauphin, Manitoba.
Iris Trotz died Jan. 1. She was 78 years old.
“It is very meaningful for a couple reasons,” Trotz said of rejoining the Islanders. “The way the organization reacted, allowing me to go home and take the necessary time, the players reaching out. And then just watching them today, the effort and the work ethic that they’ve each put in. It’s not easy, obviously, with the 10-day sort-of break. They’ve done a really good job,” said Trotz.
“I loved my mom, and some of the things that I looked back on that she did over the years molded me and my sister, just as my dad did,” Trotz said. “So any success that we’ve had as a family, I’ve had personally or my sister has, it’s from our parents. … This is the first time I’ve lost a parent, so it’s very difficult. I have a better understanding when it happens to someone else.
“I just want to thank everybody who has reached out, not only with the Islander organization. The fans and what have you reached out. It’s very heartwarming to me and comforting that we’re one big family.”
The Islanders have 54 regular-season games left, so there is time to make up ground, but they also know they must play with urgency and build off the success they were starting to have before this latest break.
“It’s just been a little bit of a different start to the season for us and we’re in a little bit of a hole, but we can’t look at the standings every day right now on break,” Nelson said. “You [can’t] get too worked up about it, but also you have to realize that once we get back into it, it’s going to be a sprint with a lot of games in a short span. So we’re going to need to get on a roll right away and bank some points.”
Condolences and support to Barry Trotz. IMHO he was an outstanding coach (Hello Cup?!) but more meaningful to me is what a truly Standup human being he is.
As an aside, I also believe that our organization treated him horribly as a thank-you for bestowing them with the gift they had been waiting on for 40 years. Soooo…see how well we’ve been doing since 2018? Anyone else believe in my mantra: KARMA’S A BITCH?!?!
I agree with you Leslie, Trotz is one of the best humans to ever work for the Capitals organization. He will always be a legend for the Capitals.
Hey Leslie, as Meatloaf would sing”..you took the words,right out of my mouth!”,good to see who real “Brains” of 2018 win was! Well coach Trotz & former GM McPhee! They were real builders of that team.
As Billy Crystal said in his one man 700 Sundays show ” when we lose our parents,were not quite anchored to the Earth the same way.”
Agree, agree, and agree!