Hockey legend Bryan Trottier won four consecutive Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders, scoring 500 career goals, finshing his career on Long Island as the franchise's all-time leader in points and games played. However, it's not the only NHL franchise he has strong ties to.
This week, Trottier, along with former NHL defenseman Matt Bartkowski, were named analysts for SportsNet Pittsburgh, the cable network for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The two new additions to the broadcast team in Pittsburgh join former Penguins forwards Colby Armstrong, Jay Caufield, and Mike Rupp (a former Islanders 1st-round pick) as analysts. The 67-year-old Trottier also works as a liaison for the team partnership sales and marketing departments.
Trottier signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent after the 1989-90 season and went on to win two more Stanley Cups on the teams led by all-time greats Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr. He was a role player at that stage of his career on the high-powered Pens, registering 28 and 29 points during those two seasons across 105 games. After briefly retiring, he re-signed with the team for the 1993-94 season and had four goals and 11 assists in 41 games to finish his NHL career at age 37.
Trottier has also been a frequent presence at Camp 66, Lemieux's Foundation, which has a goal to cure cancer. "If there is a more gracious person in the world than Mario, I haven't found him," Trottier said of the all-time great on the Spittin' Chicklets podcast. Trottier roomed with Jagr when he first entered the league, serving as a mentor to the young future superstar.
Trottier isn't the first Isles legend with his name and number hanging from the rafters. Hall-of-Fame defenseman Denis Potvin spent over 20-years as the color commentator for the Florida Panthers.