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. Trotz has posted a 658-523-60-119 record in his career and ranks ninth on the all-time NHL coaching wins list and 10th on the games coached list (1,360). In addition, he ranks fourth among active coaches behind only Joel Quenneville (Chicago), Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis) and Lindy Ruff (Dallas).
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 four 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.