Last night, Islanders coach, Barry Trotz passed a pretty impressive milestone. He won his 900th career game behind the bench as a coach. He is one of only three coaches to accomplish that task as he shares the company with Joel Quenneville and Scotty Bowman.
Trotz's 900 wins trails Quenneville by 69, and assuming that Joel Quenneville doesn't get another job in hockey again, Trotz has a good chance of passing him and getting to second all-time.
Scotty Bowman at 1,244 wins is going to be pretty difficult to catch but still, Barry Trotz's career is a thing of beauty.
At 36-years-old, Trotz was tasked with taking over the expansion Nashville Predators. Now, this was in an era where expansion teams came in and stunk for a long time, Vegas is an exception to this rule, after five straight years of no playoff appearances, by 2003-2004, he got Nashville in the playoffs.
For seven of the next eight years, Nashville made the playoffs. Those teams struggled to get over the hump as they only made it out of round one twice but still, they were consistently good every season.
In 2014-2015, he made the jump to Washington where he spent four seasons there. He took that team to the next level finishing with over 100 points every year and finally ending their curse getting Alex Ovechkin that elusive Stanley Cup in 2017-2018.
Arguably his most impressive thing he's done in his coaching career is get the Islanders to this level of success. After John Tavares left, he got that team to 103 points and an appearance in the second round and then in 2020 and 2021 the Islanders made it to the Conference Final.
Sure, this year has been a step back but overall, the job he's done as a whole with this team has been tremendous. You can't ask for too much more.
So congrats to Barry Trotz on reaching 900 wins, and hopefully he is still here coaching when he eclipses 1,000 as a head coach.