Barry Trotz delivered a speech to the Capitals after receiving his championship ring. ‘It’s going to be really hard to not like you guys.’
Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert, and Mitch Korn walked into the enemy locker room at Barclays Center two hours before puck drop of the Capitals and Islanders game. They were received warmly in an emotional pregame ceremony.
“It’s going to be really hard to not like you guys, it really is,” Trotz said tearing up. “Because you’re always family.”
The three Islanders coaches were presented championship rings for their roles on Washington’s 2018 Stanley Cup-winning team. Trotz, clapping in rhythm as he first walked into the room, immediately hugged and high-fived Alex Ovechkin, before going around the entire room and saying hi to all his former players. Trotz, Lambert, and Korn all made short speeches.
“All summer I wanted to say this,” Trotz said. “We f*cking did it, okay?”
He added that he thought the Capitals could repeat as champions.
“You can do it again, too,” Trotz said before adding, “you’ll have to go through the f*cking Island.”