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Barry Trotz - Head Coach

Barry Trotz is entering his fourth season as head coach of the Capitals and his 19th season as an NHL head coach. Trotz, 55, became the 17th coach in Capitals history on May 26, 2014, after spending the previous 15 seasons as head coach of the Nashville Predators. Trotz was previously the longest tenured coach in the NHL and the only coach in the Predators franchise history. Trotz ranks third all-time in both games coached (1,196) and wins (557) with a single franchise.

Trotz led the Capitals to their second consecutive Presidents' Trophy in 2016-17, marking the seventh time in NHL history a team has won the Presidents' Trophy in consecutive seasons. Washington posted a 55-19-8 record, marking the second-most wins and third-most points (118) in a season in franchise history. In addition, the Capitals set franchise records in home wins (32) and regulation and overtime (ROW) wins (53). The Capitals recorded 55 wins in two straight seasons (2015-16: 56, 2016-17: 55), joining the Montreal Canadiens (1975-78) as the only teams in NHL history to win 55 or more games in consecutive seasons. Washington also earned 238 points in the last two seasons, marking the most points in two straight seasons since Montreal recorded 244 points from 1977-79.

Trotz earned his 700th NHL win on Feb. 28, 2017 against the Rangers, becoming the sixth coach in NHL history to earn 700 NHL wins. He has posted a 713-542-60-127 record in his career and ranks sixth in NHL history in wins (713) and seventh in games coached (1,422). In addition, he ranks third among active head coaches behind only Joel Quenneville (Chicago) and Ken Hitchcock (Dallas) in all-time wins.

Since Trotz became head coach in 2014-15, the Capitals lead the NHL in wins (156), points (339), goals per game (3.03), goals against per game (2.30) and power-play percentage (23.4) and rank fourth in penalty kill percentage (83.4). Trotz has posted a 156-63-27 record in 246 games with Washington. 

In the 2015-16 season, Trotz won the Jack Adams Award, awarded annually to the NHL's top head coach. Trotz led the Capitals to their second Presidents' Trophy in franchise history (2009-10), posting a 56-18-8 record (120 points). Washington set franchise marks in wins and road wins (27) and the Capitals' 120 points and 29 home wins were one shy of club records. The Capitals were dominant at both ends of the ice in 2015-16, ranking second in the NHL in goals per game (3.02) and goals-against per game (2.33). Washington also finished the season ranked second in penalty killing (85.2%) and fifth in power-play percentage (21.9%). Trotz was selected to serve as head coach of the Metropolitan Division team at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville.

Trotz coached his 1,300th NHL game on Nov. 27, 2015, against Tampa Bay, becoming the 10th coach in NHL history to reach 1,300 games. In addition, he earned his 649th career win on March 2, 2016 vs. Toronto, passing Ron Wilson (648) for ninth place on the all-time NHL coaching wins list.

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. In addition to passing their point total from 2013-14 (90), Trotz helped the Capitals improve in several statistical categories. Washington ranked seventh in the NHL in goals against (2.43) in 2014-15 after finishing 21st in the League in 2013-14 (2.79). The Capitals ranked tied for 10th in shots against per game (28.9) in 2014-15 while the team ranked 27th (33.5) in 2013-14. In addition, the Capitals finished 2014-15 ranked fourth in the NHL in goal differential (+34) after finishing 18th (-15) in 2013-14. 

Trotz is one of just six coaches in all four major North American sports leagues to have coached or managed each of a team's first 15 seasons of existence (MLB: Connie Mack - 50, Oakland; NFL: Curly Lambeau - 29, Green Bay; Tom Landry - 29, Dallas; Hank Stram - 15, Kansas City; Paul Brown - 15, Cleveland). In addition to winning the award in 2015-16, Trotz has been a finalist for the Jack Adams Award three times (2010, 2011, 2016) while finishing in the top-5 on five other occasions since 2006. 

In Nashville, Trotz's system saw the Predators finish among the top-10 in penalty killing rankings six times in his last nine seasons and in the League's top half in goals-against average seven times in his last nine years. Under his leadership, the Predators were annually among the NHL's most disciplined teams, ranking among the top five in fewest penalty minutes five straight seasons, finishing first in the category in 2009-10 and 2011-12 and third during the 2013-14 season. 

Trotz earned the first of his back-to-back Jack Adams nominations in 2009-10, when he was runner-up for the award after leading his club to a 100-point season (47-29-6) despite the NHL's 28th-highest payroll. Trotz was again nominated for the award in 2011-12 after guiding the Predators to the fifth seed in the Western Conference (44-27-11 record) despite losing 348 man-games due to injury, a number that ranked among the top three in the league. That success continued in 2011-12 when he finished fifth in Adams voting after steering the team to their third-best record in franchise history and to top 10 rankings in goals for (eighth), goals against (eighth), power-play percentage (first) and penalty-kill percentage (10th). On Nov. 12, 2011, against the Montreal Canadiens, he hit the 1,000-game milestone, and on March 30, 2012, reached the 500-win mark. 

Trotz also earned individual accolades following the 2006-07 campaign after guiding the Predators to the second-most points in the Western Conference and tied for the third-most points in the NHL, notching franchise records in points (110), wins (51), road wins (23) and goals (272). 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. 

Prior to joining the Predators, Trotz spent five seasons (1992-97) as the coach of the Capitals' primary developmental affiliate in the American Hockey League. He was named coach of the Baltimore Skipjacks in 1992 after one season as an assistant coach. Following the franchise's relocation to Portland, Maine, in 1993, he led the Portland Pirates to two Calder Cup finals appearances during the next four seasons. In 1994-95, Trotz coached Portland to a Calder Cup championship and a league-best 43-27-10 record and captured AHL Coach of the Year honors. In 2006, he was honored with election to the Pirates' Hall of Fame. 

Trotz has also gained experience coaching on the international stage, serving as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and 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. 

Trotz began his coaching career in 1984 as an assistant with the University of Manitoba. He then served two seasons (1985-87) as the coach and general manager of the Dauphin Kings junior hockey club before returning to the University of Manitoba as the head coach in 1987. In January 2001, Trotz was inducted into the University's Hall of Fame. During the 1987 campaign, Trotz also served as a scout for the Spokane Chiefs (WHL) and a part-time scout for the Capitals. In 1988, he joined Washington as a full-time western scout, and the next season he became the team's chief western scout. 

Before coaching, Trotz played junior hockey for the Regina Pats (WHL) from 1979-83, capturing a WHL championship in 1979-80. The defenseman registered 102 points (19 goals and 83 assists) and 490 penalty minutes in 204 games. 

Trotz and his family are active in the Washington, D.C., community, working closely with Best Buddies Capital Region, a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to joining the Capitals, Trotz and his family were active in a variety of service and charitable initiatives in the Middle Tennessee community. This commitment was recognized when Trotz was honored with the Community Spirit Award (in recognition for community service) at the 2005 O'Charley's Dinner of Champions, presented by the Nashville Sports Council. Trotz and his wife, Kim, donated more than $260,000 to My Friend's House (a United Way agency). He also worked closely with Best Buddies of Tennessee.

Todd Reirden - Associate Coach

Reirden, 46, is entering his fourth season with the Capitals and second as associate coach. He served as assistant coach from 2014-16. Reirden is responsible for the team's defensemen and power play.

Capitals defensemen combined to record 143 assists in the 2016-17 season, marking the second-most assists in a season by Washington defensemen since 1994-95 (2014-15: 150). Washington ranked second in the NHL in assists by defensemen (143) in 2016-17, fourth in even-strength points (131) and tied for fifth in points (172). In addition, the Capitals allowed the fewest goals in an 82-game season in franchise history (182). Reirden also helped Washington's power play rank tied for third in the NHL (23.1%) in 2016-17.

In the 2015-16 season, the Capitals ranked second in the NHL in goals against per game (2.33), marking Washington's lowest goals against per game since 2010-11 (2.33). In addition, the Capitals ranked sixth in shots against per game (28.4) and held their opponents to 30 or fewer shots in 15 consecutive games (10/15-11/18), marking the longest streak for Washington since 1984-85. Reirden helped lead the Capitals to the fifth-ranked power play in the NHL (21.9%) and Washington defensemen ranked tied for sixth in the League in even-strength points (122). In addition, three Capitals defensemen represented their countries at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey (John Carlson, Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov).

In his first season with the Capitals, Reirden helped lead Washington to the highest power-play percentage in the NHL (25.3%) and helped Capitals blueliners rank third in the NHL in points by defensemen (182), tied for first in the League in even-strength points by defensemen (137) and tied for first in multi-point games by defensemen (37). Washington defensemen also recorded 150 assists in 2014-15, passing their total from 2013-14 (108). Reirden helped the Capitals improve in several defensive categories, ranking seventh in the NHL in goals against (2.43) season after finishing 21st in the League in 2013-14 (2.79) and rank tied for 10th in shots against per game (28.9) in 2014-15 after ranking 27th (33.5) in 2013-14. In addition, the 2014-15 Capitals had the largest decline in shots against (-4.6 per game) from the previous season of any NHL team in the last seven seasons.

Prior to joining the Capitals, Reirden spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins and worked closely with Pittsburgh's defensemen and power-play unit. Under his guidance, the Penguins' power play scored the most power-play goals (164) and posted the highest power-play percentage (22.3%) in the NHL since 2011. Reirden oversaw a defensive corps that ranked seventh in goals (38) in 2013-14, sent three players to the 2014 Winter Olympics (Olli Maatta, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik) and ranked in the top-12 in goals against in three of his four seasons with the team. He also helped develop defenseman Kris Letang into a two-time NHL All-Star and 2013 Norris Trophy finalist and helped Matt Niskanen post the highest plus/minus (+33) among NHL defensemen in 2013-14.

Reirden joined the Penguins organization in 2008 as an assistant coach with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL and was promoted to head coach following Dan Bylsma's promotion to Pittsburgh. In his two seasons as head coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Reirden guided the team to a 55-43-8 record and has seen 36 of his former players reach the NHL, including 15 defensemen who played in the NHL during the 2013-14 season. During the 2009 playoffs, the Deerfield, Ill., native joined Pittsburgh's extended playoff coaching staff and assisted with in-game adjustments, helping the team capture the Stanley Cup. Prior to joining the Penguins organization, Reirden spent one season as an assistant coach with his alma mater - the Bowling Green Falcons.

Reirden was selected by New Jersey in the 12th round, 242nd overall, in the 1990 NHL Draft. He recorded 46 points (11g, 35a) and 181 penalty minutes in 183 career NHL games with Edmonton, St. Louis, Atlanta and Phoenix.

Reirden and his wife, Shelby, have one son, Travis.

Blaine Forsythe - Assistant Coach

Blaine Forsythe is in his 12th season with Washington and his ninth as an assistant coach. Forsythe is responsible for the Capitals power play and the team's centers. The Capitals have ranked in the top-5 in the NHL in power-play percentage in each of the last five seasons, including the top-ranked unit in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. In addition, Forsythe took over the responsibility of working with the team's centers prior to the 2014-15 season. He helped improve the team's faceoff win percentage from 48.4% (19th) in 2013-14 to 51.2% (12th) in 2014-15. On March 2, 2016 against Toronto, Nicklas Backstrom won 15 of 18 faceoffs (83.8%), marking Washington's highest faceoff win percentage (min. 15 faceoffs) since David Steckel won 15 of 18 faceoffs on Nov. 13, 2009 vs. Minnesota. 

Forsythe joined the Capitals as a video coach prior to the 2006-07 season and was an integral member of the Capitals staff that helped lead the Capitals to the 2007-08 Southeast Division championship. He was promoted to a position as an amateur scout in 2008-09 before returning to the coaching staff in 2009- 10. In his first season back as an assistant coach, Forsythe led the team's video coaching operations and helped the team win the Presidents' Trophy and the Southeast Division championship.

Prior to joining the Washington organization, the Calgary, Alberta, native worked for the Calgary Hitmen from 1998-2006, where he served as both an assistant general manager (1998-06) and an assistant coach (2002-06). Forsythe helped lead Calgary to a WHL championship in 1999. Forsythe received a business degree from the University of Minnesota and played Division II hockey at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He played junior hockey with the CJHL's Pembroke Lumber Kings in Pembroke, Ontario.

Forsythe and his wife, Ivy, reside in Arlington. He has a daughter, Sloan, and a son, Bodhi.

Lane Lambert - Assistant Coach

Lambert, 52, is in his fourth season as assistant coach with the Capitals. He is responsible for the team's forwards and penalty kill. Washington ranked seventh in the NHL in penalty kill percentage in 2the 016-17 (83.8%). In addition, the Capitals were 9 for 9 on the penalty kill on Dec. 31, 2016 at New Jersey, marking the most penalties they have killed in a game since Jan. 26, 2007 at Carolina (9 for 9).

In the 2015-16 season, the Capitals ranked second in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (85.2%), marking the highest the team has finished since 2010-11 (2nd: 85.6%). In addition, Washington allowed two power-play goals in just two games, marking the fewest multi-power-play goal games the Capitals have allowed in a season franchise history. During the 2015 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Washington did not allow a power-play goal, killing all 14 penalties against the Islanders. The Capitals became the first team to not allow a power-play in a seven-game series since Montreal was 21 for 21 on the penalty kill against Boston in the 2011 Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Prior to joining the Capitals, Lambert spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators. In his first season with the Predators in 2011-12, Lambert helped guide Nashville to the NHL's fifth-best record during the regular season and finish among the top-10 in goals, goals against and penalty kill efficiency.

Prior to joining the Predator's coaching staff, Lambert served as head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2007-11. Lambert led the club to a 178-103-39 record, the sixth-most wins in the AHL in that span, while giving up the second-fewest goals (821) in the league. Milwaukee posted 40-or-more wins and 90-or-more points all four seasons under Lambert, making them the first team in AHL history to reach those marks in eight consecutive campaigns. In addition to four straight Calder Cup playoff berths, Lambert helped the Admirals capture a pair of West Division titles and post the Western Conference's highest point total in 2010-11 (102 pts, 44-22-14 record). He also captured a division title in 2008-09 when he led the team to a 49-22-9 record, tying for the most points (107) in the AHL. The win total tied a club record since the team joined the AHL for the 2001-02 campaign.

Prior to joining the Admirals as an assistant coach in 2006-07, the Melfort, Saskatchewan, native spent one season as an assistant for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the NY Islanders' AHL affiliate. Lambert started his coaching career in the Western Hockey League, spending two seasons as head coach of the Prince George Cougars (2003-05) and two seasons as an assistant for the Moose Jaw Warriors (2002-04).

Lambert was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, 25th overall, in the 1983 NHL Draft. He finished his NHL career with 125 points (58 goals, 67 assists) and 521 penalty minutes in 283 games with Detroit, the NY Rangers and Quebec from 1983-89. Lambert enjoyed his most successful NHL campaign with the Nordiques in 1987-88, recording career-highs in points (41) and assists (28) in 61 contests. Lambert won an AHL Calder Cup title with Adirondack in 1986 and helped the Houston Aeros claim the IHL's Turner Cup championship in 1999.

Lambert has two daughters, Taylor and Samantha.

Scott Murray - Goaltending Coach

Murray is entering his first season as the Capitals' goaltending coach after spending the past four seasons with the Hershey Bears. Murray will work with Washington's goaltenders and coaching staff this season and will report directly to Mitch Korn.

Last year in Hershey, Murray worked with Vitek Vanecek and Pheonix Copley. Under Murray's guidance, Vanecek recorded a career-high of 18 wins and finished second in the AHL in shutouts (5), while Copley won 11 of his 16 games with Hershey and finished eighth in the AHL in save percentage (.924). Murray has also previously coached Philipp Grubuaer, who posted a career-best .926 save percentage and 2.04 goals against average with the Capitals.

Murray joined the Capitals organization in 2013 after spending four seasons as the goaltending coach for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. Murray, 39, played hockey collegiately at Lake Superior State University. The St. Clements, Ontario, native also played for the San Angelo Saints (Central Hockey League) and Motor City Mechanics (United Hockey League) during his professional career.

Murray and his wife Renee have three children, a son Tylar, and two daughters, Ella and Liv. 

Brett Leonhardt - Video Coach 

Brett Leonhardt returns to the Capitals for his sixth season as the team's video coach. 

Leonhardt spent two seasons in the NHL office in Toronto as their video manager for hockey operations beginning in 2011. In his role, he was responsible for breaking down and handling all video for rule changes, video reviews, officiating issues and more.

Prior to his time with the NHL, Leonhardt received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Arts at Neumann University and was a recipient of the John A. Phillips Scholar-Athlete Award as well as the John Facenda Award for excellence in communication arts. He played hockey collegiately at both Neumann University and Oswego State University after spending three seasons playing for the Cambridge Winterhawks of the GOJHL.

Leonhardt was born in Kitchener, Ont. He and his wife, Logan, reside in Alexandria, Va.

Tim Ohashi - Video Analyst

Tim Ohashi is entering his third year with the Capitals as an Analyst. Previously he served as a coaching staff Intern.
 
Prior to his time with the Capitals, Ohashi earned his Bachelor of Arts from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where he studied psychology and math. While at Bates, he served as Vice President of the club hockey team and was recipient of the Abigail Smith Award. He earned his Master's from Georgetown University in Sports Industry Management where he was a recipient of the Academic Excellence Award.
 
Ohashi was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Maryland. He currently resides in Bethesda, Md.