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Barry Trotz not thrilled with career milestone because it makes him feel old

Barry Trotz not thrilled with career milestone because it makes him feel old

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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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

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Alex Ovechkin takes home ESPY for Best Male Athlete Award

Alexander Ovechkin's offseason continues to be one for the books. 

Just a week removed from celebrating with the Stanley Cup in Moscow, Ovechkin was named Best Male Athlete Wednesday night at the 2018 ESPYs. 

The 32-year-old is the first NHL player to win the award since it was first introduced in 1993. 

"The Great Eight" beat out Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. 

Ovechkin was not in Los Angeles to accept the award.

 

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Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup wasn’t even nominated for an ESPY

Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup wasn’t even nominated for an ESPY

On Wednesday night ESPN hosts their yearly sports award show, the ESPYs, to celebrate the best of the last 365 days in sport. 

One thing they will not be celebrating, or did not even consider celebrating, was Braden Holtby’s save in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final

This year there were 16 plays nominated to be the “Best Play” and were seeded into a bracket. For the past month fans have been voting in each head-to-head matchup culminating in four pretty outstanding plays:

All of those plays can be viewed here

Three of those four were in a championship game, the other was a just a once in a lifetime play from a teenager. 

But the ESPYs are saying that there are 16 plays from this past year that were better than Holtby’s save… Can we really believe that? Everyone loves buzzer beaters, but they accounted for six of the 16 plays. One of them could have easily gotten bumped. 

And aside from the three listed above there were only two that were in the championship event for each sport. Holtby could have rounded it out for six.

We’re not saying that Holtby’s play was the best in the past year, or even in the top four. Heck, there should be no one that tops Ogunbowale’s incredible heroics. But arguably the best play in D.C. sports history not making the top-16 for best plays in a 365 day period? 

It must have been one heck of a sports year.  

For those that are nominated, Alex Ovechkin is a finalist for Best Male Athlete and Best NHL Player. The Capitals are in the running for Best Team.

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