Meet Barry Trotz

Barry Trotz is a professional ice hockey coach for the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders. Trotz ranks third in all-time wins amongst NHL coaches, behind only Scotty Bowman and fellow MPG client Joel Quenneville. The pinnacle of Trotz’s coaching career thus far came in 2018, when his Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights in five games in the Stanley Cup Final to win the franchise’s first championship. 

Barry Trotz is an ideal keynote speaker to discuss anything in the areas of motivation, team development, or coaching. His lessons are applicable to any team or organization looking to instill a sense of motivation and camaraderie amongst team members. These are keynotes that can be applied to any group whether it be on or off the rink.

As an NHL Coach Keynote Speaker, Barry Trotz brings the excitement of NHL Hockey, the leadership of building a great team and the understanding of how to connect with your players to your audience.


His journey at the NHL level began in 1998, when the newly-established Nashville Predators hockey team was in search of its first coach in franchise history. For his efforts in getting the Preds to second-place in the Western Conference in 2006-07, Trotz was named Sporting News NHL Coach of the Year. He would also be named as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for the 2009-10 season. During his time with Nashville, Trotz would set the record for longest unbroken coaching stretch in league history, having coached the Predators from their inception in 1998 until 2014. Shortly after becoming head coach of the Capitals later that year, he would lead them to four consecutive playoff appearances, culminating in a Stanley Cup win in 2018. He would lead the New York Islanders to a playoff appearance in his first season as head coach in 2018-19. On February 8, 2021, Trotz would surpass fellow MPG speaker Ken Hitchcock to become third in wins all-time for NHL coaches. 

Hardly anyone can support the longevity and success of Barry Trotz’s career without having proper knowledge of what it takes to build and maintain a cohesive unit. Barry Trotz incorporates these timeless experiences into his charismatic keynote speeches. Critical concepts of team leadership and motivation are key skills that are a central part of any functioning organization. 

Key Audience Takeaways

  • Teamwork & Team-First Mentality
  • Developing Individuals as Part of an Organization
  • An Inside Look into the NHL

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