Dauphin’s Barry Trotz has been added to Canada’s coaching staff for the 2013 men’s world hockey championship.
Hockey Canada announced Saturday that Trotz, the head coach of the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators, and Dave Tippett, head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, would join head coach Lindy Ruff and the team’s third assistant, Doug Shedden behind the bench of Canada’s senior men’s team, the team that will compete at the 2013 IIHF World Senior men’s Championship. Ruff and Shedden were named to the staff earlier this month.
Trotz, who hails from Dauphin, Man., has been the head coach of the Predators since the franchise’s debut in 1998-99. This will be the fourth time he has been named to Team Canada’s coaching staff, having served as an assistant coach at the 2002 and 2003 world championships. He won gold in 2003.
Trotz, of course, is the longest tenured coach in the NHL at 1,113 games, and has the second longest active tenure in all four major sports, behind only Gregg Popovich of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.
Trotz is the only coach the Predators have ever had. In his 14 seasons and 15 years as the Predators’ coach, Trotz, 51, has put himself among some legendary names, ranking third all-time in games coached (1,066) and fourth all-time in wins (503) with a single franchise, in addition to moving into 15th on the all-time coaching victories list.
On Nov. 12, 2011 against the Monttreal Canadiens, he hit the 1,000-game milestone, and on March 30, 2012, reached the 500-win mark. Additionally, he is one of just six coaches in all four major North American sports leagues to have coached or managed each of a team’s first 14 seasons of existence (MLB: Connie Mack (50, Oakland); NFL: Curly Lambeau (29, Green Bay), Tom Landry (29, Dallas), Hank Stram (15, Kansas City), Paul Brown (15, Cleveland)), and one of just four coaches in expansion-team history (among the four major sports) to have a record better than .500.
“Barry is the fairest-minded, most honest coach in the game,” said Nashville GM David Poile. “His players love him and will do anything for him because there are no mind games, no favorites, no phoniness. Barry Trotz is a very good human being and as a result, an extremely good coach.”
Meanwhile, Tippett, from Moosomin, Sask., just completed his fourth season as head coach of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes and ninth year as a head coach in the NHL. He coached the Dallas Stars from 2002-09, winning the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s coach of the year in 2010 after leading the team to 50 wins.
He won a silver medal at the 2009 world championship, as a member of the coaching staff that also included head coach Ruff and Trotz.
Canada opens the World Championship this Saturday against Denmark at 9:15 a.m. CDT.
(With files from the Nashville Predators and Hockey Canada)