Bryan Trottier left an indelible impression in the minds of many Islanders fans. The Stanley Cup celebrations, personal encounters and Trotts' 500th goal were among the many memorable moments Islanders faithful recalled in this edition of œ50 Words or Less.Here is just a sample of the over 100 responses we received.
My favorite Trotts moment is not one but every time he went out on the ice. He always won the key faceoff, made the perfect pass or scored the winning goal when we needed it most. For those reasons he was the best two-way center of all-time.
Port Washington, NY
I remember a game at the Coliseum against the then Atlanta Flames where Trotts came in on goal, held off a defender with one hand and scored a goal with only one hand on his stick!
My favorite moment is Barry Beck of the beloved Rangers skating out of his zone head down. Trottier creams him over the blue line takes the puck and scores.
Taken by the Islanders with the fourth pick of the second round of the 1974 draft there were several teams that passed on Bryan twice. Amazingly however, the Montreal Canadiens passed him off with each and every one of their FIVE first round picks that year. Look it up.
Locust Valley, NY
Meeting Trotts at Levittown Lanes South when I was about 12. Had him sign my Trotts jersey from when I was a baby. Trotts is one of the nicest people I've ever met. Being at the game against Calgary when he scored his 500th is right up there too!
In 1993, my son met Mr. Trottier the morning of the semifinal game with Montreal and said he could go to the press box after the game and meet the Isles. True to his word he found him and kept his promise!
I was at the coliseum for the 1980 celebration. That night connected the past generation Islanders and fans with the new. The attachment of the fans to this man, all he is done for the Islanders, it's a moment I'll always remember.
My cousin used to babysit for Mike Bossy's children and he let her meet some of the players one day. She asked if Trotts could sign an autograph to me (I was standing in a Bruins jersey next to him), and he signed it- to his favorite Boston fan!
All his moments are great. But I would have to say seeing him back in Islanders' colors has been by far the greatest moment.
Winning the face-off against the Caps in Landover Maryland when we were down a goal in the playoffs and scoring while he shot the puck forward! Unreal! Vintage Trotts!
The first and each subsequent time Trotts raised the Cup over his head I knew he felt as elated as we fans had felt watching him play every shift as if it were his last. Congrats and welcome back #19!
My Favorite Trottier moment had to be when he first held the Stanley cup. Seeing him raise his arms in joy was one of the greatest moments in Islander history. He never gave anything that wasn't his best. We are glad to have you back!
Staten Island, NY
I will always cherish my family's experiences with Bryan at his Hockey Camp in Midland, Ontario last summer. His on-ice instruction with my son Brian was superb. His off-ice embracing of my family is more important. Singing Happy Birthday and presenting Caitlin with her cake is something we'll never forget.
My favorite Trottier moment was game 4 vs Oilers in 1983 Stanley Cup Final. Watching Bryan Trottier celebrate the Isles 4th Straight Cup as if it was his first was awesome. Standing on the bench facing the crowd pumping his fists. Trotts was great that series.
His fourth Cup, dressing room, interview where he acknowledged the sacrifice by the families, the players, the organization; adding that, it was all worth it. Always ending his interviews with his signature "Hello Ma Hello Da" made you realize he didn't forget where he came from.
Sydney, Nova Scotia
One word: MILESTONE. I was there when he scored his 500th goal and will never forget how the Coliseum exploded. I was also there when #19 was raised to the rafters and still get goose bumps.
I have loved this team since I was 10 years old, watching them win all of their Stanley Cups. When the Islanders finally retired his number in October of 2001, I was at the game and bawled my eyes out, my kids didn't understand, but how could they?
N Babylon, NY
I was 16 years old at a game in Madison Square Garden and Bryan scored a hat trick and I was terrified to take off my jacket because I had a Trottier jersey on under my jacket but after Bryan scored his trick I took my jacket off and screamed.
Bryan was my son Jeff's favorite Islander .Bryan answered his fan mail from Jeff in his own handwriting when the Islanders were on the road against Washington years back.. Jeff & his wife Stephanie just had a boy April 23 and named him Bryan Thomas.
I remember waiting to see if the draft choice from Val Marie was going to be the spark plug that the young Islanders needed. At 19 years of age and in his second game Trotts scored a hat trick and threw his weight around like a seasoned veteran.
Bryan was shopping and I was the clerk that waited on him. I helped him with his selection, he asked me if anyone ever told me that I look like Wayne Gretzky to which I replied no, since then i have heard that many times over.
After the 1980 Cup victory Bryan took the Cup home and slept with it..."I wanted to wake up and find it right beside me. I didn't want to think I'd just dreamed of this happening." ...I'm dreaming it happens again.
West Islip, NY
November 1992, My brother purchased the Skybox for my bachelor party. Bryan Trottier came in and made the night. He took pictures with everyone and signed jersey and even passed around his Stanley Cup Ring so we could all try it on.