Saturday's win over the New Jersey Devils was a significant one. Not only did it put Washington in first place of the Metropolitan Division, it also was a milestone win for head coach Barry Trotz.
The win was career win No. 737 which puts him alone in fifth place all-time for wins among NHL coaches. So what does that mean?
"That I've lost my hair, I've turned grey, I've gotten old," Barry Trotz said after the game.
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"I've been blessed to be in this game a long time. To be in this game a long time, you have to have someone who trusts you to lead the charge if you will, build a culture. You have to have good players. And you've got to have a good staff and I've been very blessed to have all of the above in having some longevity."
In the 19th year of his coaching career, Trotz boasts a career record of 737-555-60-130. Saturday's win moves him past Lindy Ruff who now serves as an assistant coach for the New York Rangers.
When you reach the top five, you find yourself in some pretty elite company. Trotz now sits just 45 wins shy of Al Arbour who is No. 4. Above him are Ken Hitchcock (802), Joel Quenneville (869) and of course Scotty Bowman who won a whopping 1,244 games as an NHL head coach.
To be among those coaches is certainly something to be celebrated, especially given how Trotz felt in his first year as head coach with the Nashville Predators.
"Honestly, my first year, I just wanted to get through the full season, not get let go," he said. "I've been blessed to be standing here a lot older and a lot more game weathered if you will than a young man from Dauphin, Manitoba my first year."
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