June 6, 2002 - New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has named Bryan Trottier as the team's new head coach. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Since joining the coaching ranks in 1994, Bryan Trottier has demonstrated the same type of passion, determination and knowledge of the game that he displayed during his Hall of Fame playing career," said Sather in making the announcement. "I am confident that he is the ideal leader for the New York Rangers and I am very proud to introduce him as our head coach."
"Cablevision's goal is to provide fans and customers with the very best in sports and entertainment - and winning teams are an integral part of that commitment," said James L. Dolan, chairman of Madison Square Garden and president and CEO of Cablevision Systems Corporation. "I am confident that Glen and his team -- led by the addition of Bryan Trottier as our new head coach - will make the right decisions to ensure that our fans experience a strong and competitive Rangers team."
Trottier, 44, who becomes the 30th head coach in Rangers history, has spent the past four seasons in the Colorado Avalanche organization, serving as an assistant coach. As a member of the Avalanche's coaching staff, Trottier was instrumental in keeping the team in the upper echelon of the National Hockey League, including helping the team to the 2001 Stanley Cup championship. In his role as assistant coach for the Avalanche, Trottier was responsible for overseeing the specialty teams units, which ranked consistently among the NHL's best.
Prior to joining the Colorado organization, Trottier served as head coach and director of hockey operations for the Portland Pirates, American Hockey League affiliate of the Washington Capitals, during the 1997-98 season. Trottier began his coaching career as an assistant for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1994-95 through 1996-97.
During his playing career, Trottier was regarded as one of the best two-way centers in the history of the National Hockey League, as he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997. An 18-year NHL veteran, he appeared in 1,279 regular season games with the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, and currently ranks 12th on the NHL's all-time scoring list and sixth on the all-time playoff scoring list. Trottier's playing career is highlighted with six Stanley Cup championships; four with the Islanders (1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983) and two with the Penguins (1991 and 1992).
Over the course of his NHL career, the eight-time NHL All-Star was the recipient of several awards and honors. He was named recipient with the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year in 1976; captured the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer and the Hart Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player in 1979; awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the 1980 playoff Most Valuable Player. Trottier has also given his time to the community throughout his career and was honored with the King Clancy Memorial Award for his noteworthy humanitarian contributions in 1989.
A native of Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Trottier was originally selected by the Islanders with the 22nd overall choice in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft.