Nashville Predators Head Coach Special Guest at Rotary Club
by Bob Augustin Jr.
Barry Trotz, Head Coach of the Nashville Predators, was the speacial guest speaker at the August 23, 2010 meeting of the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club. Named Head Coach in 1997, Coach Trotz is the first and only Head Coach in club history. He ranks sixth all-time in both games coached (902) and wins (411) with a single franchise. Additionally, he is only the second coach in NHL history to spend each of the first 10 seasons as a team’s head coach, joining the New York Rangers' Lester Patrick (13 seasons, 1926-39). Coach Trotz is the 2010 Jack Adams Award finalist and was named the 2007 NHL Coach of the Year by The Sporting News.
Coach Trotz said he was a "small town boy" and Lawrenceburg reminded him of his home town of Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada. He said he had driven around Lawrenceburg before he came to the meeting and he felt "right at home." Trotz said the difference was here, every young boy wants to grow up and play football in the NFL or baseball in the MLB or basketball in the NBA. Growing up in Canada, young boys want to grow up and play hockey in the NHL.
For information about the up-coming Nashville Predators 2010-2011 season, check out their web site at http://predators.nhl.com .
Pictured above, L to R are: Rotary Club President Chris Willaims, Barry Trotz, Head Coach of the Nashville Predators, and Rotarian Rick Copeland.