Heading into his homecoming game against the Capitals, Barry Trotz, the team’s former coach, was worried that he’d cry during the team’s tribute video.
“I’m a softie when it comes to—I’ll cry during watching ‘The Notebook’ on TV when it’s on, [I’m] an emotional type guy,” Trotz said. “I think I’ll be okay but I appreciate the organization, the players, the fans, all the support people around the game.”
The Capitals played the tribute video during the first TV break of the first period.
The retrospective covered everything – from Trotz’s introduction to the team’s head coach to raising the Stanley Cup with Alex Ovechkin in June 2018.
The Capitals also showed a clip of Trotz getting a beer bath in the team’s locker room after winning the championship.
Former assistant coach Lane Lambert and goaltending coach Mitch Korn were also honored.
By the end of the video, Trotz was smiling ear-to-ear and waved to Capitals fans. He was saluted with a standing ovation.
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin shouted over to the Islanders bench to also say thank you.
During his four seasons in Washington, Trotz went 205-89-34, leading the franchise to its only championship. The Capitals won the Metropolitan Division crown three consecutive years and Trotz led the team to the Presidents’ Trophy twice. The bench boss was also given the Jack Adams Award during the 2016 season.
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