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Bryan Trottier

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Bryan John Trottier (born July 17, 1956) [1] is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League for the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. He won four Stanley Cups with the Islanders, two with the Penguins and one as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche. He holds the NHL record for points in a single period with 6 (4 goals, 2 assists) in the second period against the Rangers on Dec. 23,

Bryan Trottier Hockey Hall of Fame, 1997 1978. [2] He is also one of only
Bryan Trottier
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1997
1978.
[2] He is also one of only eight NHL players with
multiple 5-goal games. [3]
Contents
◾ 1 Playing career
◾ 2 Post-retirement
◾ 3 Coaching
◾ 4 Miscellaneous
◾ 5 Coaching statistics
◾ 6 Career statistics
Born
◾ 7 Achievements
July 17, 1956
Val Marie, SK, CAN
◾ 8 See also
Height
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
◾ 9 Footnotes
◾ 10 External links
Weight
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position
Centre
Playing career
Shot
Left
Played for
Nicknamed "Trots", he was drafted in 2nd round, 22nd
overall by the New York Islanders in the 1974 NHL
Entry Draft. Trottier played his first fifteen seasons in
the NHL with the Islanders. [4] He set an NHL rookie
record of 95 points and won the Calder Trophy as the
league's Rookie of the year in 1975–76. The rookie
points record was broken by Peter Stastny of the
Quebec Nordiques in 1980–81. Stastny was still
considered a "rookie" in the NHL despite the fact he
had previously played professionally in
Czechoslovakia.
New York Islanders
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team
Canada
United States
NHL Draft
22nd overall, 1974
New York Islanders
WHA Draft
18th overall, 1974
Cincinnati Stingers
Playing career
1975–1994

Trottier's best offensive season was 1978–79 when he had 134 points which earned him the Art Ross Trophy as well as the Hart Trophy as league MVP. In winning the Art Ross, he became the first player from a post-Original Six expansion team to win the award. In that same season, he led the NHL in assists with 87, which he had also done the year before with 77.

Trottier was one of the core players on the Islanders dynasty teams from the 1980s. He won four Stanley Cups during his time with the Islanders from 1980 to 1983. During the Islanders' first Stanley Cup in 1980, he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. In 1981–82, Trottier scored 50 goals, the highest single-season total of his career.

During the early 1980s when Wayne Gretzky set numerous scoring marks, Islanders' broadcaster Stan Fischler and coach Al Arbour nonetheless maintained that Trottier was the best player over Gretzky. Trottier was described as a forward possessing an all-around game including ruggedness, and there have been comparisons to Milt Schmidt, Gordie Howe, and Steve Yzerman. Arbour stated "Gretzky is an offensive genius for sure. But at this stage Trots gives you more things. Defensively, he's outstanding. And he's physically tough. He comes up with his 100 points a year, automatically, along with everything else!" [5]

Trottier was often referred to as the "glue" on the Isles team, centering his fellow stars Clark Gillies and Mike Bossy on a line known as The Trio Grande. While the 1977–78 season was Bossy's rookie year, the Trio Grande at one point led the NHL in scoring above the top lines of the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Rockies. [6] Other linemates that played with Trottier also included John Tonelli, Bob Bourne, Bob Nystrom, as well as a few others. However, Trottier was most known for his dynamic on-ice partnership with Mike Bossy during his prime years with the Islanders until Bossy's early retirement at the end of the 1987 season. Undaunted by heavy criticism from fellow Canadians, Trottier chose to play for Team USA in the 1984 Canada Cup tournament, after playing for Team Canada in 1981, because he wanted to pay back the country in which he lived and because his wife was American. He was able to obtain the necessary U.S. citizenship in July 1984 because he had Métis ancestry on his father's side (Cree/Chippewa). His North American Indian Card (for which he qualified because his grandmother was a Chippewa) entitled him to citizenship in both the U.S. and Canada, as well as a U.S. passport, which was all he needed for tournament eligibility.

Unlike other star centermen, longevity was not Trottier's hallmark. Following his 13th season, Trottier's skills seemed to deteriorate precipitously, decreasing from 82 points in 1988 to 45 points just one year later, and 24 points in 1990. After that low output, Islanders management released Trottier from his contract, believing that his best years were behind him and that younger centers such as Pat LaFontaine and Brent Sutter should get his ice time. He ranks second in Islanders history in goals, and first in assists and points. It could be noted, however, that even as Trottier's scoring declined he remained effective in body checking and defensive abilities. [7]

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed him as a free agent to provide experience and leadership to a young team. Trottier won the Stanley Cup for the fifth and sixth times with Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992. Trottier took the 1992–93 season off, returning to the Isles in a front office capacity, but financial troubles, stemming from bad investments, forced Trottier to return to the ice with the Penguins for the 1993–94 season. He retired again following a disappointing final season where he scored only 4 goals in 41 games. At the time of his retirement, his point total ranked 6th in NHL history.

Post-retirement

Following his retirement, Trottier played for the Pittsburgh Phantoms of the Roller Hockey International league in its 1994 season.

Trottier was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1997. [8]

After many of his Islander teammates, including linemates Mike Bossy and Clark Gillies were honored by the Islander organization by having their numbers retired, Trottier was expected to be next. His number 19 was raised to the rafters on October 20, 2001.

On March 4, 2006, the New York Islanders celebrated the 26th anniversary of their first Stanley Cup championship. Trottier, apparently forgiven for his stint with the rival Rangers, was given one of the largest ovations of the evening, and was perhaps the most boisterous. He gave a familiar salute to the fans who lined up to watch a pregame "Walk of Champions" entering the building, raising both hands high above his head, reminiscent of his days playing on the Island where he would do the same to the fans cheering him on. On June 1, 2006, Trottier returned to the Islanders as Executive Director of Player Development.

Trottier is currently 16th all-time in regular season points, having been passed by Jaromír Jágr and Joe Sakic during the 2005–06 NHL season, Mark Recchi during the 2008–09 NHL season and Teemu Selanne during the 2012-13 NHL season. He is 9th all-time in playoff points, and remains the Islanders all-time leader in assists and points. Trottier was named by Islanders fans as the second greatest player in franchise history, ahead of Denis Potvin and behind Mike Bossy.

Coaching

After serving as an assistant coach in Pittsburgh until 1997, he took a similar position with the Colorado Avalanche, where he won his seventh career Stanley Cup in 2001. He was named as head coach of the New York Rangers in 2002, much to the ire of Islander fans. However, his brief stint with the Rangers lasted only 54 games, slightly longer than the halfway mark of the season. In addition to receiving criticism from Isles fans who labeled him a traitor, he drew the rage of Ranger fans as well, who felt he misused his offensively gifted players such as Eric Lindros and Pavel Bure by having them play the neutral-zone trap (a defensive tactic used to slow down the opponent, but also limiting the user's offensive chances). At the time of his dismissal at the hands of general manager Glen Sather, Bryan Trottier had coached 54 games with the New York Rangers and the team had a record of 21–26–6–1 and a winning percentage of 45.4%. [9]

Miscellaneous

Steve Yzerman, who was also renowned for his strong two-way play, considered Trottier his favorite player. [10] He wore the number 19 in honor of Trottier.

Of Trottier's 18 seasons in the NHL, he missed taking part in the post-season only once. The lone miss occurred during the 1988–89 season, when his Islanders team failed to qualify for the playoffs. Trottier sits 11th all-time with 184 playoff points on the strength of 71 goals (T-16th) and 113 assists (15th) in 221 games played (10th). As of the end of the 2012–13 season there are no active NHL players in the top 25 all time in playoff points to challenge Trottier's position. His 184 playoff points puts Trottier between two great players from the Detroit Red Wings, Steve Yzerman just ahead of him with 185 pts, and Nicklas Lidstrom just one behind at 183 points.

As a child, Trottier played for the Climax Hockey Team in Climax, Saskatchewan and as a minor hockey player he played for the Swift Current Broncos. [11] Trottier currently resides in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Trottier has four children: Bryan Jr., Lindsey, Tayler, and Christian.

Coaching statistics

Team

Year

 

Regular season

Post season

G

W

L

T

OTL

Pts

Division rank

Result

New York Rangers

2002–03

54

21

26

6

1

49

4 th in Atlantic

(fired)

Career statistics

Regular season

Playoffs

Season

1972–73

Team Swift Current Broncos

League GP

WCHL

67

G

16

A

29

Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM

45

10

— — — —

1973–74

Swift Current Broncos

WCHL

68

41

71

112

76

13

7

8

15

8

1974–75

Lethbridge Broncos

WCHL

67

46

98

144 103

6

2

5

7

14

1975–76

New York Islanders

NHL

80

32

63

95

21

13

1

7

8

8

1976–77

New York Islanders

NHL

76

30

42

72

34

12

2

8

10

2

1977–78

New York Islanders

NHL

77

46

77

123

46

7

0

3

3

4

1978–79

New York Islanders

NHL

76

47

87

134

50

10

2

4

6

13

1979–80

New York Islanders*

NHL

78

42

62

104

68

21 12 17

29

16

1980–81

New York Islanders*

NHL

73

31

72

103

74

18 11 18

29

34

1981–82

New York Islanders*

NHL

80

50

79

129

88

19

6

23

29

40

1982–83

New York Islanders*

NHL

80

34

55

89

68

17

8

12

20

18

1983–84

New York Islanders

NHL

68

40

71

111

59

21

8

6

14

49

1984–85

New York Islanders

NHL

68

28

31

59

47

10

4

2

6

8

1985–86

New York Islanders

NHL

78

37

59

96

72

3

1

1

2

2

1986–87

New York Islanders

NHL

80

23

64

87

50

14

8

5

13

12

1987–88

New York Islanders

NHL

77

30

52

82

48

6

0

0

0

10

1988–89

New York Islanders

NHL

73

17

28

45

44

— — — —

1989–90

New York Islanders

NHL

59

13

11

24

29

4

1

0

1

4

1990–91

Pittsburgh Penguins*

NHL

52

9

19

28

24

23

3

4

7

49

1991–92

Pittsburgh Penguins*

NHL

63

11

18

29

54

21

4

3

7

8

1993–94

Pittsburgh Penguins

NHL

41

4

11

15

36

2

0

0

0

0

WCJHL totals

202 103198 301 189

19

9

13

22

22

NHL totals

12795249011425 912 22171113184 277

*Stanley Cup champion

Achievements

1975 – WCHL All-Star Team

1976 – Calder Memorial Trophy

1976 – Played in NHL All-Star Game

1978 – NHL First All-Star Team

1978 – Played in NHL All-Star Game

1979 – NHL First All-Star Team

1979 – NHL Plus/Minus Leader

1979 – Art Ross Trophy

1979 – Hart Trophy

1980 – Conn Smythe Trophy

1980 – Played in NHL All-Star Game

1982 – NHL Second All-Star Team

1982 – Played in NHL All-Star Game

1983 – Played in NHL All-Star Game

1984 – NHL Second All-Star Team

1985 – Played in NHL All-Star Game

1986 – Played in NHL All-Star Game

1988 – Budweiser NHL Man of the Year Award

1989 – King Clancy Memorial Trophy

1992 – Played in NHL All-Star Game

1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 – Stanley Cup champion (New York Islanders)

1991, 1992 – Stanley Cup champion (Pittsburgh Penguins)

2001 – Stanley Cup champion (Assistant coach) (Colorado Avalanche)

In 1998, he was ranked number 30 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.

See also

List of NHL statistical leaders

List of players with 5 or more goals in an NHL game

List of NHL players with 1000 points

List of NHL players with 500 goals

List of NHL players with 1000 games played

Footnotes

1.

^ "Legends of Hockey – The Legends – Honoured Player – Trottier, Bryan" (http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp? type=Player&mem=P199702&list=ByName#photo). Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum. The Learning Edge Corporation. 2001-2007. Retrieved 2007-11-15.

2.

^ "List of NHL records (individual)" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NHL_records_(individual) #Points). Wikipedia.

3.

^ "List of players with five or more goals in an NHL game" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_players_with_five_or_more_goals_in_an_NHL_game). Wikipedia.

4.

^ "Bryan Trottier – Biography" (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1456090/bio). Internet Movie Database Inc. 1990-2007. Retrieved 2007-11-15.

5.

^ nyislanderslegends (http://nyislanderslegends.blogspot.com/2006/09/bryan-trottier.html)

6.

^ "Three Islanders Unto Themselves" (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1093175/1/index.htm). CNN. December 12, 1977.

7.

^ nyislanderslegends (http://nyislanderslegends.blogspot.com/2006/09/bryan-trottier.html)

8.

^ "Legends of Hockey – Induction Showcase – Mario Lemieux" (http://www.legendsofhockey.net/html/ind97ees.htm). Bryan John Trottier, Player Category , Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum. The Learning Edge Corporation. 2001-2007. Retrieved 2007-11-15.

9.

^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/coaches/trottbr01c.html

10.

^ http://www.globesports.com

(http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070102.wsptduha2/GSStory/GlobeSports)

11.

^ http://esask.uregina.ca/entry/trottier_bryan_1956-.html

External links

Bryan Trottier's biography (http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp? type=Player&mem=P199702&list=ByName#photo) at Legends of Hockey (http://www.legendsofhockey.net/)

Bryan Trottier's career statistics (http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php? pid=5471) at The Internet Hockey Database (http://www.hockeydb.com/)

Awards
Awards

Preceded by

Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy

Succeeded by

Bob Gainey

1980

Butch Goring

Preceded by

Winner of the Hart Trophy

Succeeded by

Guy Lafleur

1979

Wayne Gretzky

Preceded by

Winner of the Art Ross Trophy

Succeeded by

Guy Lafleur

1979

Marcel Dionne

Preceded by

Winner of the Calder Trophy

Succeeded by

Eric Vail

1976

Willi Plett

Preceded by Lanny McDonald

Winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy

1989

Succeeded by

Kevin Lowe

Sporting positions
Sporting positions

Preceded by

NHLPA President October 24, 1984 – November 9, 1992

Succeeded by

Tony Esposito

Doug Wilson

Preceded by

Head coach of the New York Rangers

Succeeded by

Ron Low

2002–03

Glen Sather

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bryan_Trottier&oldid=576868714"

Categories: 1956 births

Living people

Art Ross Trophy winners

Calder Trophy winners

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Canadian Métis people First Nations sportspeople

Canadian emigrants to the United States

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Colorado Avalanche coaches

Conn Smythe Trophy winners

Hart Memorial Trophy winners

Hockey Hall of Fame inductees

Ice hockey people from Saskatchewan

Lethbridge Broncos players

National Hockey League players with retired numbers

New York Islanders players

Roller Hockey International players

King Clancy Memorial Trophy winners

Métis sportspeople

National Hockey League All-Stars

New York Islanders

New York Rangers coaches

Pittsburgh Penguins players

Stanley Cup champions

Swift Current Broncos players

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