One of the highlights from the Capitals’ annual Halloween party Sunday night was a quick Instagram video from Alex Ovechkin showing that centerman Travis Boyd attended in costume as former head coach Barry Trotz.
The costume, which featured Boyd sporting a bald cap, goatee, and some extra padding around the midsection, seemed all in good fun. Even so, Boyd told the media on Tuesday that he hoped Trotz didn’t see it.
“My big thing was just hoping Barry didn’t see it,” Boyd told Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post. “I didn’t mean any disrespect by it. I just thought the boys would get a good hoot out of it.”
Travis Boyd on dressing up as Barry Trotz for Caps’ Halloween party: “My big thing was just hoping Barry didn’t see it. I didn’t mean any disrespect by it. I just thought the boys would get a good hoot out of it.” Said it was a last-minute thing.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) October 30, 2018
Boyd’s homage was one of very few acknowledgements of Trotz by the Capitals since he resigned from the team after winning the Stanley Cup in June. Trotz was absent from the team’s private ring ceremony and he was not mentioned during the team’s Stanley Cup banner raising on opening night.
The championship triggered an automatic extension in Trotz’s expiring contract, but he left for a more lucrative deal with the New York Islanders. Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis later told NHL.com he didn’t begrudge Trotz’s decision but added that “I live up to my contracts.”
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