Barry Trotz, head coach of the Portland Pirates from 1993-1997 and current head coach of the Nashville Predators, was inducted as the ninth member of the Pirates Hall of Fame on Sunday, February 26, 2006.
"I'm truly honored to be a part of the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame," said Trotz. "The four years I spent in Portland were four great years. We went to the Finals twice, won a championship and a number of our players - guys like Jason Allison, Sergei Gonchar and Brendan Witt - went on to great success in the National Hockey League. We started a great hockey tradition in Portland and were blessed to have a passionate and caring fan base."
While coaching the Pirates, Trotz compiled a record of 158-109-42-11 for a winning percentage of .557, which remains the highest winning percentage in Pirates history. In the Pirates inaugural season, 1993-1994, Trotz led Portland to the Calder Cup Championship and was named the Louis A. R. Pieri Award winner as the league's Coach of the Year.
The following year, his club opened the season with a North American pro hockey record 17-game winning streak (14-0-3) and finished the season with a franchise record 46 wins and 104 points. That year he was selected to coach at the AHL All-Star Classic in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1996, after a sub-.500 regular season, the native of Dauphin, Manitoba again led the Pirates to the Calder Cup finals before falling to the Rochester Americans in seven games. In his time in Portland, Trotz earned more regular season and playoff wins than any coach in franchise history. He currently serves at the head coach of the NHL's Nashville Predators, where he has coached all 492 regular season games since their inaugural season in 1997, compiling a record of 183-235-60-14.
Trotz began his coaching career in 1984 as an assistant with the University of Manitoba. He then served two seasons (1985-87) as the head coach and general manager of the Dauphin Kings junior hockey club, part of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, before returning to the University of Manitoba as the head coach in 1987, where he is a member of the University's Hall of Fame. He was named head coach of the Baltimore Skipjacks in 1992 after one season as an assistant coach and remained head coach of the team after it relocated to Portland following the 1992-93 season. Before coaching, Trotz played junior hockey for Regina (WHL) from 1979-83, registering 102 points (19 goals and 83 assists) and 490 penalty minutes in 204 games.
Barry and his wife, Kim, currently reside in Brentwood, Tennessee along with their four children: Shalan, Tyson, Tiana and Nolan.
YEAR INDUCTED: 2005