ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz will serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock will serve as head coach of Team Canada and Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters and Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien will join Trotz as assistant coaches for the team.
The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be held in Toronto from Sept. 17, 2016, through Oct. 1, 2016. In addition to Canada, the eight teams participating in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will include the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Team Europe, Team North America and the United States.
Trotz, 52, is in his second season as head coach of the Capitals and his 17th season as an NHL head coach. The Dauphin, Manitoba, native ranks 13th on the NHL’s coaching victories list (610) and sits four wins shy of passing Jacques Martin (613) for 12th place. In addition, Trotz ranks fourth among active coaches in career NHL wins, trailing Quenneville (Chicago), Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis) and Lindy Ruff (Dallas). Trotz has coached 1,289 games in his career and has posted a 610-508-60-111 record.
In his first season as head coach, Trotz led the Capitals to a 45-26-11 (101 points) record, reaching the 100 point mark for the eighth time in team history and the first since the 2010-11 season. The Capitals qualified for the playoffs for the 25th time in franchise history and the seventh time in the past eight seasons. Washington posted a 22-13-6 record on the road in 2014-15, marking the team’s most road wins in a season since 2010-11 (23) and the third-most road wins the team has earned in a season in franchise history.
Trotz has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award twice (2010, 2011), awarded annually to the NHL’s top head coach, and finished in the top-5 on four other occasions. He was named 2007 Coach of the Year by The Sporting News, an honor determined through a vote of his peers, in addition to finishing fourth in Jack Adams voting and serving as an assistant coach for the Western Conference at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game.
Trotz has served as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships on four occasions, most recently at the 2013 tournament in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland. In 2003, he helped the Canadians win gold in Finland, and in 2009, he helped guide Canada to a silver medal in Switzerland.