BRYAN TROTTIER AN ISLANDER AGAIN
Bryan Trottier is coming home.
The Hall of Famer is officially a New York Islander again with today's announcement that he has been named the team's Executive Director of Player Development.
"I've always considered myself an Islander, but it's an amazing feeling to be back home in an official and important capacity,? said Trottier. "The relationship I have with the people of Long Island is very special to me. I want to thank Charles Wang and Mike Milbury for making this happen."
In his new role, the legendary Islander will assist in the development of the team's prospects, beginning in training camp in Nova Scotia in September. "Just as I was mentored when the Islanders drafted me,? said Trottier, "I want to help talented and eager kids like Jeremy Colliton, Ryan O'Marra and Petteri Nokelainen become the best players they can be.?
Trottier, who is the franchise leader in games played, points and assists and is second behind Mike Bossy in goals, will also be a regular presence at Islanders Grass Roots Hockey and team community events throughout Long Island. "This is exactly the role I was looking for to bring young players along but also be an integral part of the Long Island community again,? Trottier said.
"We've wanted to bring Bryan back to the Islanders for some time,? said team Senior Vice President Mike Milbury. "The timing just worked out perfectly for Bryan and the organization, and we couldn't be happier. In his years as an assistant in Pittsburgh and Colorado, Bryan developed a strong reputation as someone who was very effective mentoring young players. This is a great day for the Islanders and our fans.?
Trottier, who will turn 50 on July 17, began his coaching career as an assistant for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1994 1997. The following season he served as head coach of the Portland Pirates, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals. Trottier then spent the next four seasons as an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche, earning his seventh Stanley Cup ring when the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 2001. On June 6, 2002, he was named the 30th head coach in New York Rangers history.
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997, Trottier played on six Stanley Cup championship teams: four with the Islanders (1980-83) and two with the Penguins (1991-92). As an Islander, he won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 1976, the Art Ross Trophy (scoring leader) and Hart Trophy (league MVP) in 1979, and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs when the Islanders won their first Cup in 1980. The Islanders retired Trottier's No. 19 on October 20, 2001.
"To learn from a legend like Bryan Trottier is the chance of a lifetime,? said Islanders 2005 first round pick Ryan O'Marra. "When someone like Bryan has something to say, you listen."
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