Barry Trotz was named the Head Coach of the New York Islanders on June 21, 2018. In his first year with the club, the Islanders earned 103-points, for their highest total since the 1983-84 season (104 points). The Islanders' fourth-place Eastern
Conference ranking was their best finish since the conference was created (1993). The Islanders finished fifth overall in the NHL standings, marking their first top-5 finish since 1985-86 (5th overall). They advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Trotz's club also gave up the fewest goals of any team in 2018-19. The coach moved into fourth place on the NHL's all-time wins list during his first season on Long Island, passing Islanders franchise legend Al Arbour on the list with his 783rd career victory. Trotz finished the 2018-19 season with 810 career wins.
Trotz spent the previous four seasons as the Head Coach of the Washington Capitals. During his tenure in Washington, Trotz led the Capitals to two consecutive Presidents' Trophies (2015-16 and 2016-17) and won the franchise's first Stanley Cup (2017-18). He was awarded the Jack Adams Trophy (2015-16), given annually to the coach voted best in the league.
Prior to joining the Capitals, Trotz spent the previous 15 seasons as Head Coach of the Nashville Predators. He ranks third all-time in NHL history in both games coached (1,196) and wins (557) with a single franchise.
Entering the 2018-19 season, Trotz ranks fifth in NHL history in wins (762) and games coached (1,524). Trotz also ranks second among active head coaches in wins and games coached. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was the sixth coach in NHL history to earn 700 wins.
Prior to joining the Predators, Trotz spent five seasons (1992-97) coaching the Baltimore Skipjacks, the Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate. The franchise relocated to Portland, Maine in 1993 and he led the Portland Pirates to two Calder Cup Finals appearances over the next four seasons. In 1994-95, Trotz coached Portland to a Calder Cup Championship and a league-best record of 43-27-10. He was named the AHL Coach of the Year that same season.
On the international stage, Trotz has served 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 Team Canada win gold in Finland, and in 2009, he helped guide Canada to a silver medal in Switzerland.