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Bryan Trottier - Causes Stir With Canada Cup Decision

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Causes Stir with Canada Cup Decision

The 1980 Stanley Cup victory was to be only the first of four consecutive wins for the Islanders in the early 1980s. In 1981 Trottier played in the Canada Cup. During the 1981-1982 regular season, he tallied a career-high 50 goals, and in the playoffs, he collected a total of 29 points to lead the league in post-season scoring. In 1984 Trottier stunned the hockey world—particularly its sizeable Canadian contingent—with the announcement that he would play for the United States rather than Canada in the Canada Cup competition. He was booed mercilessly by Canadian fans during Canada Cup play.

Although his numbers progressively fell for the remainder of the 1980s, Trottier stayed with the Islanders until 1990 when he was signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins hoped the addition of Trottier to their lineup would bolster their playoff chances, and their hunch proved correct. Joining other Penguin stars such as Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, Trottier helped power Pittsburgh to two consecutive Stanley Cup victories. After the Penguins' second Stanley Cup win in 1992, Trottier retired as a player and took a desk job in the front office of the Islanders. After sitting out the 1992-1993 season, Trottier decided he'd had enough of the front office and returned to the Penguins as a player for the 1993-1994 season. He played 41 games with the team while also acting as assistant coach. At the end of the season, he finally hung up his skates for good but continued as assistant coach until 1997. He worked as head coach for the Portland Pirates of the AHL for the 1997-1998 season, after which he moved to the Colorado Avalanche as assistant coach until 2002. The Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 2001.

Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997, Trottier was one of the top candidates for the head coaching job with the New York Rangers. In announcing that the job would go to Trottier, Rangers' general manager Glen Sather said: "Since joining the coaching ranks in 1994, Bryan Trottier has demonstrated the same type of passion, determination, and knowledge of the game that he displayed during his Hall of Fame playing career. I am confident that he is the ideal leader for the New York Rangers." In taking the Rangers' job, Trottier became the fifth member of the Islanders' dynasty to become an NHL head coach, joining Lorne Henning, Butch Goring, Greg Gilbert, and Duane Sutter.

Awards and Accomplishments

1974 Named World Junior Championship MVP as member of Team Canada
1976 Wins Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year
1976, 1978, 1982-83, 1985-86, 1992 Selected to play in NHL All-Star Game
1979 Wins Art Ross Trophy as NHL's leading scorer
1979 Wins Hart Trophy as NHL's most valuable player
1980 Wins Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player in playoffs
1980-83 Leads New York Islanders to Stanley Cup four years in a row
1984 Leads Team Canada to Canada Cup
1989 Receives King Clancy Memorial Award for humanitarian contributions
1991-92 Leads Pittsburgh Penguins to back-to-back Stanley cup victories
1997 Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame
2001 Helps coach the Colorado Avalanche to Stanley Cup victory

Career Statistics

Yr Team GP G A PTS PIM
Islanders: New York Islanders; Penguins: Pittsburgh Penguins.
1975-76 Islanders 80 32 63 95 21
1976-77 Islanders 76 30 42 72 34
1977-78 Islanders 77 46 77 123 46
1978-79 Islanders 76 47 87 134 50
1979-80 Islanders 78 42 62 104 68
1980-81 Islanders 73 31 72 103 74
1981-82 Islanders 80 50 79 129 88
1982-83 Islanders 80 34 55 89 68
1983-84 Islanders 68 40 71 111 59
1984-85 Islanders 68 28 31 59 47
1985-86 Islanders 78 37 59 96 72
1986-87 Islanders 80 23 64 87 50
1987-88 Islanders 77 30 52 82 48
1988-89 Islanders 73 17 28 45 44
1989-90 Islanders 59 13 11 24 29
1990-91 Penguins 52 9 19 28 24
1991-92 Penguins 63 11 18 29 54
1993-94 Penguins 41 4 11 15 36

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