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Dauphin’s Barry Trotz Named to Canadian Olympic Coaching Staff

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Dauphin’s Barry Trotz Named to Canadian Olympic Coaching Staff

Should the National Hockey League and the International Olympic Committee come to an agreement allowing NHL players to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games set to run from February 4-20 this coming winter season, Dauphin product Barry Trotz will be there to represent his country.

On Monday, Hockey Canada announced its coaching staff for the National Men’s Team for the Olympics. Trotz – the head coach of the New York Islanders – will serve as an assistant alongside Peter DeBoer (Vegas Golden Knights) and Bruce Cassidy (Boston Bruins), while working under head coach Jon Cooper of the back-to-back reigning Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

“The opportunity to work with an excellent management group and an elite-level coaching staff of Barry, Bruce and Peter is a great privilege,” Cooper said of his staff. “I have many fond memories of the Olympics, from watching games as a young kid to thrilling gold medal victories, and I look forward to helping create lasting memories for Canadians across the country while our team competes for a gold medal.”

From Hockey Canada:

Trotz, 59, 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. Trotz is entering his fourth season as head coach of the NHL’s New York Islanders, having previously spent 15 seasons as head coach of the Nashville Predators (1998-2014) and Washington Capitals (2014-18). He won the Presidents’ Trophy with Washington in 2015-16 and captured the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL coach of the year that same season. In his final season in Washington, he led Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. Trotz ranks third in NHL history in games coached (1,730) and wins (877). He also led the Portland Pirates of the AHL to two Calder Cup Finals as head coach, winning in the Pirates’ inaugural season in 1993-94.

“We are very excited to introduce the members of Canada’s coaching staff for the 2022 Winter Olympics,” said Hockey Canada Chief Executive Officer Tom Renney. “Each individual brings a tremendous amount of experience that will benefit our team if NHL players are able to participate in Beijing. Under the leadership of Stanley Cup champion Jon Cooper, and with the contributions of this very skilled coaching staff, we are thrilled to have them lead us at the Olympics and represent our country with pride as they build a team that will compete for a gold medal.”

Alongside the announcement of Trotz and the rest of the coaching staff came news of Canada’s support staff, which includes equipment manager Darren Granger of Brandon, who is currently employed with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com or on Twitter at @GameOnHockey.

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