Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz resigns

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz resigns

June 18 (UPI) — Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz has announced his resignation, just days after winning the Stanley Cup.

Trotz, 55, informed the Capitals of his decision to resign on Monday.

“When I came to Washington four years ago, we had one goal in mind and that was to bring the Stanley Cup to the nation’s capital,” Trotz said in a statement. “We had an incredible run this season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans.”

Trotz posted a 205-89 record in four seasons with the Capitals. He began his head coaching career in 1998 with the Nashville Predators. Trotz posted a career record of 557-479-60 in 19 seasons as a head coach.

He was the 2015-16 Jack Adams Award winner, a trophy given to the Coach of the Year.

“I would like to thank Mr. [Ted] Leonsis, Dick Patrick and Brian MacLellan for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great organization. I would also like to thank our players and staff who worked tirelessly every day to achieve our success.”

Brian MacLellan — the Capitals’ general manager — was schedled to hold a news conference at 6 p.m. Monday in Arlington, Va.

“We are obviously disappointed by Barry’s decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington,” the Capitals said in a statement.

“Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise.”

The Capitals beat the Golden Knights 4-1 in the Stanley Cup finals June 8, earning the first trophy in the franchise’s 44-year history.