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This Date in NHL History

June 21: Trotz hired as coach by Islanders

Plus: NHL announces 4-on-4 overtime; Fleury, Staal go at top of 2003 Draft

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


2018: Barry Trotz signs a five-year contract as coach of the New York Islanders. The signing comes three days after he resigns as coach of the Washington Capitals and two weeks after guiding them to their first Stanley Cup championship since entering the NHL in 1974.

Trotz and the Capitals begin discussing a contract extension after Washington wins the Cup by defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Final. He becomes the first active coach since Mike Keenan with the New York Rangers in 1994 to not return to the team he guided to the Stanley Cup in the previous season.

The Capitals are 205-89-34 (.677 point percentage) in four seasons under Trotz, the best mark in the NHL. Washington wins the Presidents' Trophy in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and finishes first in the Metropolitan Division in 2017-18. He joins a team that ends the season 35-17-10 and misses the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight season, finishing 17 points behind the New Jersey Devils for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

In their first season under Trotz, the Islanders (48-27-7) finish second to the Capitals during the regular season and sweep the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round. The Capitals lose in the first round to the Carolina Hurricanes, who then sweep the Islanders in the second round.



1999: The NHL announces some major changes to regular-season overtime. Under the new rules, each team will get a point in the standings in any game that's tied after 60 minutes; a team that scores during the five-minute overtime period will receive an additional point. Also, overtime periods will be 4-on-4 (plus goalies), rather than 5-on-5 (though the change does not apply to the Stanley Cup Playoffs).


2000: The Pittsburgh Penguins name Ivan Hlinka as their coach, replacing Herb Brooks. Hlinka, a native of the Czech Republic, becomes the second coach in NHL history who's born and trained in Europe (following Alpo Suhonen). He coaches the Penguins to the Eastern Conference Final in 2001 but is fired four games into the following season.


2003: The NHL Draft, held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, produces one of the best first rounds in League history. The top pick belongs to Pittsburgh, which selects goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The Hurricanes, picking second, take center Eric Staal. Among the players taken later in the first round are forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks), Jeff Carter and Mike Richards (Philadelphia Flyers), Zach Parise (New Jersey Devils) and Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks), as well as defensemen Ryan Suter (Nashville Predators), Dion Phaneuf (Calgary Flames) and Brent Seabrook (Chicago Blackhawks). Each of the 30 players taken in the first round sees action in the NHL; 27 play at least 240 regular-season games.


2013: Alain Vigneault is named the 34th coach in the history of the New York Rangers. Vigneault is available after he is fired by the Vancouver Canucks on May 22, two years after guiding them to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Canucks go 313-170-57 under Vigneault and win six division titles in his seven seasons as coach. The Rangers' job is open after they fire John Tortorella one week after the Canucks fire Vigneault. In what turns out to be a coast-to-coast exchange of coaches, the Canucks hire Tortorella four days after Vigneault gets the job with the Rangers.

Video: Bill Lindsay redrafts the loaded 2003 NHL Entry Draft


2017: Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, the NHL's top scorer in 2016-17, becomes the third-youngest winner of the Hart Trophy as most valuable player at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The 20-year-old also wins the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the most outstanding player as voted by members of the NHL Players' Association.

On the same night, the 30 players selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft are announced. They include goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (Penguins), who keys the Golden Knights' run to the Stanley Cup Final in their first NHL season. 


2018: Jack Hughes, a center, becomes the first of eight players from the USA Hockey National Team Development Program to be selected in the opening round of the 2019 NHL Draft when he's taken by the New Jersey Devils with the No. 1 pick. It's the most players from one team ever selected in the first round. Seven of the eight players chosen are among the first 15 selections; the other, center John Beecher, is taken No. 30 by the Boston Bruins.

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