Barry Trotz, a Western Hockey League Champion with the Regina Pats and now the head coach of the New York Islanders received the Jack Adams Award Wednesday night at the 2019 NHL Awards. Selected by the NHL Broadcaster’s Association, the award is given to “the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.” Trotz was named on 116 of the 127 ballots, including 58 first-place votes, for 430 voting points.
Prior to his coaching career, the Winnipeg, Man. product played with Regina from 1979-82 accumulating 63 points (14G-49A) in 153 career WHL games. At the beginning of his WHL career, Trotz’s first season with the Pats would be one for the history books, helping the team win their second WHL Championship Series in franchise history against the Victoria Royals.
After retiring as a player with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s (MJHL) Dauphin Kings, Trotz began his coaching career which included a brief scouting position with the Spokane Chiefs in 1987-88. From there, he worked his way up through the ranks of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the NHL as a scout, assistant, and head coach with the Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals and most recently the Islanders.
Trotz, who joined New York in 2018-19 after leading Washington to the Stanley Cup the previous season, helped his new team post a 23-point improvement over 2017-18 and yield a League-low 196 goals. The Islanders, who gave up 296 goals in 2017-18, became the first NHL team in a century to allow the fewest goals immediately following the season in which it yielded the most. Trotz finished the season fourth on the NHL’s all-time coaching wins list with 810.
A four-time Jack Adams Award finalist, Trotz captured the trophy for the second time and with his second club; his first came with Washington in 2015-16. He joins legendary Islanders bench boss Al Arbour (1978-79) as the second Jack Adams winner in franchise history.