Islanders: Barry Trotz Named To Canada Olympic Coaching Staff
By Matt O'Leary
New York Islanders Head Coach Barry Trotz was added to Team Canada’s coaching staff for the 2022 Olympics. Hockey Canada announced today that he’ll be joining a stacked coaching staff as an assistant.
Jon Cooper, fresh off back-to-back Stanley Cup victories will be the Head Coach alongside the Bruins’ Bruce Cassidy and Vegas’ Peter DeBoer who will also be serving as assistants.
Barry Trotz, who has represented Canada on the international stage, has yet to do so during the Olympic Games.
"Trotz has represented Canada four times as an assistant coach with Canada’s National Men’s Team at the IIHF World Championship, winning gold (2003) and silver (2009). He also won the 2016 World Cup of Hockey as an assistant coach with Team Canada."
In 22 years in the NHL, Barry Trotz has an impressive 877-635-60 record. His 877 wins rank him third all-time trailing only Joel Quenneville and Scotty Bowman on the list. In three seasons with New York, he is 115-67 with a .617 points percentage.
Trotz has a Jack Adams Award under his belt, and two trips to the conference final as well during his impressive stint on the Island.
The question then becomes will anyone from the Islanders join him? For the Isles Mathew Barzal is probably the only Canadian who will have a chance. Sure, for the American’s you may see Anders Lee and maybe one of the goalies for Russia but off the top of my head, I don’t see who else can make it over there with Canada.
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Regardless, the Olympics including NHL players again should be fun. Canada’s roster should be pretty stacked and Trotz’s coaching prowess brings a nice addition.