NATIONALS MANAGER MATT WILLIAMS NAMED
2014 BBWAA NATIONAL LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams was named the 2014 National League Manager of the Year Tuesday night by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Williams received a total 109 points, including 80 first-place votes. Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle finished second in the voting, and San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy was third.
Williams, who becomes the second manager in Nationals history to earn this honor, had an exceptionally successful rookie season in the dugout as he led the Nationals to an NL-best 96 victories and the National League East Championship.
“On behalf of the Lerner Family and the entire Washington Nationals organization, I want to offer heartfelt congratulations to Matt on this well-deserved award,” said Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo. “His first year in the dugout was excellent, and it was a pleasure to watch him grow throughout. He is a respected leader, and the steady hand that navigated our team through many challenges this season.
“What we accomplished this season would not have been possible without the right man at the helm. That was Matt this season, and we’re all looking forward to 2015.”
Since the inception of the award in 1983, Williams is just the fourth first-year manager ever to win it. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he joins Hal Lanier (Houston Astros, 1986), Dusty Baker (San Francisco Giants, 1993), and Joe Girardi (Florida Marlins, 2006).
“I am incredibly honored and humbled by this award,” Williams said. “This was a very special year for us, and I am proud of what we accomplished in my first season at the helm. For me, as a newcomer to the managerial fraternity, it is a privilege just to be considered amongst the best in our game. Clint and Bruce are certainly that.
“While this is an incredible acknowledgement by the writers, I know we have bigger goals to accomplish in Washington and I look forward to the challenge that the 2015 season will bring.”
The Nationals, though besieged by injuries, won their division by the largest margin (17.0 games) of any in the Major Leagues under Williams’ watch. Over the course of the season, the Nationals saw 948 total games missed due to stints on the Disabled List, with key players like Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Wilson Ramos, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez, Adam LaRoche and Denard Span accounting for 284 of those games.
While the Nationals withstood that barrage, Williams’ guided them toward steady improvement as the season progressed. After playing to a .500 record (27-27) through the season’s first two months, the Nationals were at least four games over the .500 mark in each remaining month of the season, finishing 69-39 from June through September. That stretch included a 19-10 month of August that featured a 10-game winning streak from Aug. 12-21, the longest winning streak in the National League this season.
On Sept. 16, the Nationals clinched their second National League East Division title in the last three years, and they finished the regular season with a 96-66 record.
Williams, 48, was named the fifth field manager in Nationals history on Oct. 31, 2013. The five-time All-Star third baseman was also voted by his managerial peers as the 2014 Sporting News Manager of the Year.
NATIONALS MANAGERS TO WIN BBWAA N.L. MANAGER OF THE YEAR (2005-2014)
2012 Davey Johnson
2014 Matt Williams
The biggest fan event of the offseason will be held Saturday, December 13, 2014
from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Season Plan Holders will have exclusive access to the event for an entire hour (10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) before #NatsFest opens to the general public at 11:00 a.m.
Tickets and autograph vouchers will go on sale on Wednesday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m.
Tickets purchased in advance at will cost $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, with prices increasing to $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under the day of the event. Season Plan Holders will receive an information about purchasing NatsFest tickets at a discounted rate.
A full schedule of events will be available in the coming weeks.
Attention ladies. Hockey ‘n Heels is back by popular demand! The Washington Capitals are once again hosting Hockey ‘n Heels of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 from 6:15 to 9:30 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Tickets go on sale on Monday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m., exclusively to Club Scarlet members. Not already a member? Join here for free.
Washington Capitals to Host Hockey ‘n Heels Wednesday, Nov. 12
Tickets to go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at ScarletCaps.com
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host Hockey ‘n Heels on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 6:15-9:30 p.m. at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Tickets for the event will be available beginning Monday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m.
Hockey ‘n Heels is held each season exclusively for members of Club Scarlet presented by Lindsey Automotive Group and features instructional sessions and on-ice demonstrations targeted towards the Capitals’ female audience.
Fans interested in attending Hockey ‘n Heels must sign up to become a member of Club Scarlet at ScarletCaps.com. A ticket link will be sent to all Scarlet members. Tickets for this year’s event are $65, with a limit of four tickets per person. Tickets are not guaranteed for all Scarlet members. Club Scarlet membership is free.
The night will be divided into sessions of on-ice demonstrations featuring Capitals players and off-ice presentations featuring coaches and equipment staff. Players scheduled to appear include forward Michael Latta, defenseman Nate Schmidt and goaltender Justin Peters. Hockey ‘n Heels will feature on-ice demonstrations with Latta, Peters and Schmidt. Fans also will be able to try on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic uniform and take their photograph with a player.
Head coach Barry Trotz will participate in a Q & A, while assistant coach Lane Lambert will lead a discussion on the rules of the game. Head equipment manager Brock Myles will give an overview of equipment, while strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish will host a session on fitness.
Founded in 2009, Club Scarlet is a fan club for women designed to provide more information, events and networking opportunities for the team’s population of female fans. For more information visit Scarletcaps.com.
Capitals Forward Eric Fehr Writes Children’s Book The Bulliest Dozer
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Bulliest Dozer, a children’s book co-authored by Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr and Pamela Duncan Edwards, will be available for purchase beginning Thursday, Oct. 9, in the United States. Fehr and Edwards wrote the book to raise funds for bullying prevention and to encourage positive behavior, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting charity.
The book tells the story of Bo Dozer and his peers at Ms. Crane’s Academy for Little Machines. Embarrassed by being unable to skate in preparation for a holiday concert on ice, Bo decides to become ‘A Mean Machine.’ Bo bullies other students until a concert day crisis helps him understand the importance of friendship.
“In The Bulliest Dozer, Bo learns the valuable lesson that acceptance and teamwork can lead to success,” said Fehr. “My hope is that this book will provide an opening for parents to discuss how important it is for children to accept one another and to treat their peers with respect. All forms of bullying including verbal abuse, cyberbullying and physical abuse are unacceptable, and whether the aggressor or the victim, I hope children read Bo’s story and realize there are steps they can take to reduce bullying.”
The Bulliest Dozer will be sold for $10 online at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Team Store at Verizon Center during Capitals home games beginning Thursday, Oct. 9, when the Capitals host the Montreal Canadiens during Opening Night presented by GEICO. In addition there will be a limited number of autographed books available for purchase for $20 at WashingtonCaps.com, at the Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and at the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation table located behind section 104 on the main concourse at Verizon Center during Caps home games.
The book, illustrated by Kate Komarnicki, also will be available in Canada beginning Oct. 9 throughout Giant Tiger stores in Winnipeg, at Jonny’s Java in Winkler, Manitoba, and during the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings home games.
Funds from U.S. sales will benefit Playworks DC. Playworks is a national nonprofit that transforms recess to improve school climate. In 18 elementary schools throughout Washington, D.C., principals have partnered with Playworks to improve recess, work with teachers in the classroom, mentor young leaders and develop sports teams. By showing students new games that level the playing field for every kid, and teaching them social skills such as empathy, fair play and inclusiveness, Playworks helps to create a welcoming environment where every child gets to play, regardless of ability, and bullying behavior is much less likely to be considered. Studies have shown that this multi-disciplinary Playworks model reduces bullying and exclusionary behavior during recess by 43%.
Proceeds from Canada sales will benefit the Canadian Red Cross’s Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention program. The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, with a mission to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.
To watch reaction from Capitals players as they received their first look at The Bulliest Dozer, visit MonumentalNetwork.com. For Fehr’s media availability on the book click here.
The launch of the book coincides with National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, a time when communities nationwide are encouraged to unite and take a stand for bullying prevention efforts through events, activities, outreach and education. Fehr designed a custom T-shirt as part of CustomInk’s “Be Good to Each Other” bullying prevention campaign, with proceeds benefiting CustomInk’s nonprofit partner – PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Fehr’s “Don’t be a Mean Machine!” T-shirt was inspired by a line from The Bulliest Dozer and will be available for purchase at www.booster.com/ericfehr.
In addition Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation is partnering with the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights’ Citywide Bullying Prevention Program which aims to reduce incidents of bullying across the District by emphasizing prevention and proper procedures for responding when incidents occur. The program works with government agencies, District schools and youth-serving government grantees to ensure bullying prevention policies are adopted and implemented in ways consistent with best practices, as demonstrated in the District-wide Model Bullying Prevention Policy released in January 2013. The groundbreaking District-wide approach – moving beyond discipline and focusing on prevention – makes it one of the most unique and far-reaching government bullying prevention programs in the nation. More information is available at ohr.dc.gov/bullyingprevention. Playworks, the beneficiary of funds from The Bulliest Dozer’s U.S. sales, is a member of the program’s Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact and engagement with the community: youth basketball and hockey, education and scholarship, pediatric health and fitness, military and veterans’ affairs and hunger and homelessness.
Ovechkin Surprises 10-year-old Washington Ice Dogs Player, Asks Her on a “Date”
ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin surprised 10-year-old Ann and asked her on a date during the Capitals’ game versus the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 5. Ovechkin and Ann, a native of Laurel, Md., met on Sept. 11, during an American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) skate with 60 children and adolescents hosted by Ovechkin at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the official training facility of the Capitals. During the session, Ann, who has the genetic disorder Downs Syndrome, skated to Ovechkin and invited him on a sushi date. Ovechkin granted her request during the Capitals final preseason game at Verizon Center.
The day began with Ann and her parents arriving at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, where they were given a tour of the Capitals locker room. During the tour of the facility and with Ann sitting in Ovechkin’s stall, the Capitals captain entered the locker room, surprising Ann with his appearance. He presented a personalized jersey and flowers to Ann to accept her date invitation and drove Ann to Verizon Center.
At Verizon Center Ann watched warmups from the Capitals bench sat in the Ovi’s Crazy 8’s seating section along with her family to watch the Capitals game. Following the game, after meeting numerous Capitals players and head coach Barry Trotz in the locker room, she and Ovechkin continued their date with a post-game meal of sushi in the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Owners Club.
“I was pretty surprised when Ann skated over and asked me out during our skate,” said Ovechkin. “I thought it was a good idea and decided to take her up on it. It was great to see a smile on her face. She is a terrific and funny kid. She seemed to have a lot of fun and I was very pleased to spend some time with her.”
The Sept. 11 ASHA event during which Ovechkin met Ann marked the first of many community initiatives he will continue to support throughout the 2014-15 season. Ovechkin created Ovi’s Crazy 8s in 2006, a program through which he purchases and donates eight Capitals season tickets to Most Valuable Kids, allowing fans who normally wouldn’t have access to tickets the opportunity to attend games. Ovechkin also supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, having most recently granted the wish of Washington, D.C., native Ellie Carney.
For a video recap of the date click here.
For a photo gallery of the date click here.
Wednesday afternoon, the Washington Capitals announced that the 2015 Winter Classic venue is indeed Nationals Park in DC. The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt reported September 6 that a deal had been reached between the NHL and Nationals Park, confirming reports swirling since last September, when Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis announced that the Capitals would be hosting the event in 2015.
Additionally, the Capitals’ Winter Classic jerseys will be revealed at a special event to be held at Nationals Park on September 23.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals will host the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015, at Nationals Park, the National Hockey League, the Washington Capitals and the Washington Nationals announced today. In addition, the Capitals NHL Winter Classic uniforms will be unveiled during a special event at Nationals Park on Sept. 23 at 12 p.m.
“The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® has made New Year’s Day a highlight of the season for NHL fans everywhere,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Nationals Park provides an ideal setting for all the excitement, entertainment and fun as the Blackhawks and Capitals bring our outdoor tradition to historic Washington, D.C.”
“We are thrilled the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played at Nationals Park as we welcome the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans to our nation’s capital,” Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis said. “We are delighted the D.C. area and our great fan base will have an opportunity to experience the Winter Classic, and we know that Nationals Park will provide an incredible backdrop for the game.”
Nationals Park is located in Southeast Washington, south of the Capitol, adjacent to the Navy Yard. The 41,546 seat venue opened in March 2008 and is home to the Washington Nationals.
“We are honored to have been selected to host the NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park,” said Mark D. Lerner, one of the Washington Nationals Principal Owners and Vice Chairman. “The Classic is one of North America’s premier sports events, and we look forward to sharing our ballpark and our city with NHL fans from around the world.”
In celebration of the much-anticipated outdoor game, the Capitals will unveil their NHL Winter Classic uniforms during a special event at Nationals Park on Sept. 23 at noon. Commissioner Bettman, Leonsis, Lerner, along with Capitals president Dick Patrick, general manager Brian MacLellan, Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, center Nicklas Backstrom and goaltender Braden Holtby, will attend the event and will be available to the media following the ceremony.
The 2015 game will mark the seventh Winter Classic, an annual game that Forbes magazine called the best new sporting event of the last decade. It will mark the second time in history the Capitals will play an outdoor game. Washington defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in front of 68,111 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2011.
The 2014 NHL Winter Classic on NBC tied the highest-rated NHL regular-season sell out game in nearly four decades and became the second-most watched game in 39 years (4.4 million average viewers). The five previous NHL Winter Classics have produced the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 39 years (average viewers). The Blackhawks will appear in the Winter Classic for the second time. Chicago hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in the 2009 Winter Classic. Washington is 24-15-5-1 all-time at home against Chicago, including a 4-0 win over the Blackhawks on April 11 at Verizon Center.
The 2015 event also will feature a Spectator Plaza that offers hockey-themed attractions, music and fun for fans of all ages. Further details on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, including ticketing information and uniform design for each team, will be released in the coming weeks. Every Washington Capitals full-season ticket member, partial plan member and group leader will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Details on ticket availability and pricing will be sent to full season-ticket members, partial plan holders and group leaders when they become available.
A week from now, a fresh squad of rookies will take the ice at Kettler Iceplex for the Washington Capitals annual rookie camp starting September 11, the Capitals PR confirmed today. As mentioned below, several of the players participating in rookie camp will also be invited to training camp to compete for a spot on the final roster.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 3, 2014
Capitals Announce Rookie Camp Schedule; Training Camp Begins Sept. 19
Capitals and Flyers Rookies to Face Off in Philadelphia on Sept. 16
ARLINGTON, Va. – The 2014 Washington Capitals Rookie Camp will begin on Thursday, Sept. 11 and will run through Tuesday, Sept. 16, when the Capitals rookies face off against the Philadelphia Flyers’ rookies at 3 p.m. at Flyers Skate Zone, the official practice facility of the Philadelphia Flyers, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
All on-ice workouts at Kettler Capitals Iceplex are open to the public and free of charge. Select participants in rookie camp will be invited to join veteran players in training camp, which begins Friday, Sept. 19 (first on-ice session). Like rookie camp, all training camp on-ice workouts are open to the public.
Among the Capitals rookies scheduled to participate in the camp will be forwards Andre Burakovsky, Jakub Vrana, Chandler Stephenson and goaltender Pheonix Copley. A complete roster will be released at a later date.
Washington Capitals Rookie Camp Schedule
Day Time Event
Thursday, Sept. 11 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Practice (Capitals Rink)
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. On-ice testing (Capitals Rink)
Friday, Sept. 12 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Practice (Arlington Rink)
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Conditioning Test (Capitals Rink)
Saturday, Sept. 13 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Practice (Arlington Rink)
10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Practice (Capitals Rink)
Sunday, Sept. 14 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Practice (Arlington Rink)
10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Practice (Capitals Rink)
Monday, Sept. 15 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Practice (Arlington Rink)
10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Practice (Capitals Rink)
Tuesday, Sept. 16 3 p.m. Capitals at Flyers (Flyers Skate Zone)
Confirming reports that had previously surfaced, the Capitals formally announced Tuesday that Mitch Korn would be joining the team as head goaltending coach, replacing Capitals alum Olie Kolzig. Korn worked alongside Barry Trotz in Nashville and brings 35 years of coaching experience to the Capitals.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have named Mitch Korn the team’s goaltending coach, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Following the season Olie Kolzig expressed his desire to not continue as a full-time goaltending coach due to family reasons. Korn and Kolzig are currently discussing Kolzig’s level of time commitment and involvement with the organization.
“I am very pleased to join the Washington Capitals and continue to work alongside Barry Trotz,” said Korn. “I look forward to working with all of the talented goaltenders in the organization and helping them improve and succeed on the ice. I want to thank the Nashville Predators for a great 16 years and wish them the very best in the future.
“I have known Olie for many years and have a great appreciation and respect for the way he views the goaltending position. We will continue to discuss the best way for him to remain with the organization while doing what’s best for his family.”
Korn, 56, spent the past 15 seasons as the goaltending coach for the Nashville Predators and has more than 35 years of coaching experience. Korn worked with all netminders in the Nashville system during his tenure with the team and helped develop several into elite NHL goaltenders. Under Korn’s direction, Pekka Rinne was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy in 2011 and 2012 and finished in the top 10 in Hart Trophy voting in both seasons. Korn also helped develop two-time Czech Olympian, 2010 World Champion and NHL All-Star Tomas Vokoun.
Before joining the Predators in 1998, Korn spent seven seasons (1991-98) with the Buffalo Sabres organization, where he worked with Hockey Hall-of-Famer and two-time Hart Trophy-winner Dominik Hasek. While working with Korn, Hasek captured four Vezina Trophies and led the NHL in save percentage five times. Korn also saw Buffalo’s goaltending tandem (Hasek and Hall-of-Famer Grant Fuhr) capture the NHL’s Jennings Trophy (lowest team goals-against average) during the 1994-95 season. Korn has also developed goalie coaches, with several whom have learned under him serving around North America, including five currently at the NHL level.
Korn began his coaching career at Kent State University in 1979 shortly after ending his playing career at the school. He worked at Miami University’s Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio, for 30 years and coached the school’s goalies until joining the Sabres in 1991. Korn, who runs goaltending and defensemen schools around the country in the off-season, also has contributed regularly to several hockey publications, including USA Hockey Magazine, Goalies’ World and In-Goal Magazine.
Thursday afternoon, the Washington Capitals announced the preseason schedule for the 2014-15 season. The official NHL schedule has not been released, but is reported to be announced Sunday, June 22, when the Capitals will find out their opponent for the 2015 Winter Classic. The venue will be announced at that time as well.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have released their 2014 preseason schedule, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. The schedule will feature eight games against five opponents and will include four games at Verizon Center.
The Capitals will open their preseason schedule against the Buffalo Sabres on Sept. 21 at Verizon Center. The Caps will travel to Philadelphia on Sept. 22 and Boston on Sept. 24 before hosting the Bruins on Sept. 26. The Capitals will then travel to Montreal on Sept. 28 and Buffalo on Oct. 1 and will conclude their preseason schedule with two games at home against Philadelphia on Oct. 2 and Carolina on Oct. 5.
The Capitals were 4-0-4 in the preseason in 2013, and their all-time preseason record is 147-115-33-10.
All preseason games will be carried via WashingtonCaps.com, with selected games to be broadcast on 106.7 The Fan and WFED-AM 1500. The full preseason broadcast schedule will be announced in September. The complete 2014-15 NHL regular season schedule will be released at a later date.
The complete preseason schedule is listed below:
Date Opponent Location Time
Sun., Sept. 21 vs. Buffalo, Verizon Center 5 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 22 at Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center 7 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 24 at Boston, TD Garden 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 26 vs. Boston, Verizon Center 7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 28 at Montreal, Bell Centre 6 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 1 at Buffalo, First Niagara Center 7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 2 vs. Philadelphia, Verizon Center 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 5 vs. Carolina, Verizon Center 3 p.m.
The search for a new general manager and coach in Washington has come to an end. Monday afternoon, the Capitals announced that they were promoting current assistant general manager, Brian MacLellan, to general manager, and hiring Barry Trotz as head coach, confirming reports that surfaced Saturday evening that said Trotz was headed to Washington.
It was not anticipated that the Capitals would hire a coach before a general manager, so when speculation arose that Trotz was expected to be hired, but the Capitals, it seemed logical that the organization would promote from within.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have promoted Brian MacLellan to senior vice president and general manager and named Barry Trotz as the team’s coach, majority owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick announced today.
“We are extremely pleased to name Brian MacLellan the team’s general manager and welcome Barry Trotz to Washington as the Capitals coach,” said Leonsis. “After conducting an extensive search for a general manager, we determined that Brian was the best candidate to help us reach our ultimate goal, winning the Stanley Cup. We have witnessed his abilities firsthand, and we have tremendous respect for how he manages people and situations. We feel he has relevant, in-depth knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of our franchise and will be forceful in addressing them. Brian always has displayed tremendous professionalism, passion and commitment to the Capitals. He has his own unique approach, and we are confident in his abilities to lead this organization to new heights.
“We are also excited to welcome Barry back to the Capitals organization. Barry is a highly respected and accomplished coach who brings us a wealth of experience. He possesses high character and the exact leadership qualities we look for in the head coach. He was the only coach we coveted, and we feel he is an ideal fit to help lead our club.”
“After interviewing a number of extremely well qualified and capable candidates outside of the organization, we became even more confident that Brian is the best person to lead our hockey club,” said Patrick. “He possesses the necessary skill set that is required for this position and has the vision that we believe will give us a realistic chance of consistently competing for the Stanley Cup. In Barry, we are getting an experienced and well-respected coach whose presence and tutelage will benefit our players. With these moves we believe we took a big step forward in assembling a great leadership group that will be in synch and in alignment for our hockey team.”
“I am extremely honored and excited about the opportunity I have been given with the Capitals,” said MacLellan. “Over the course of my career I have worked in acquiring the necessary skills to excel in this position. We have built a solid foundation, and I look forward to implementing my ideas to get us back to competing for the Stanley Cup. Also, it is a great pleasure to welcome Barry to Washington as the new head coach of the Capitals. Barry’s teams have always played with structure, discipline and intensity, and I look forward to him leading us to success for many years to come.”
“I am very excited to join the Washington Capitals and want to thank Ted Leonsis, Dick Patrick and Brian MacLellan for this opportunity,” said Trotz. “This is a great organization with a strong foundation and a tremendous fan base. I look forward to working with this group of talented players and the quality front office staff this team has assembled.”
MacLellan, 55, becomes the sixth general manager in the Capitals history after spending the past 13 seasons with Washington, seven as the team’s assistant general manager, player personnel. In his previous role MacLellan oversaw the club’s professional scouting staff and worked closely with the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears, who won the Calder Cup in 2006, 2009 and 2010. MacLellan, who served as a pro scout for the Capitals from 2000-03 and then was promoted to director of player personnel, assisted and advised the general manager in all player-related matters.
MacLellan, who won a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989, had a 10-year NHL career in which he skated for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings. A forward who played 606 NHL games, MacLellan recorded 172 goals, 241 assists and 413 points. MacLellan also won a silver medal with Team Canada at the 1985 World Championship in Prague.
The Guelph, Ontario, native played hockey at Bowling Green State University from 1978-82, where he graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration. In 1982 he was named an All-America defenseman and First-Team All-CCHA. MacLellan earned his MBA in finance from the University of St. Thomas in 1995 and went on to work for an investment consulting firm in Minneapolis before joining the Capitals as a pro scout.
Trotz, 51, becomes the 17th coach in Capitals history and joins Washington after spending 15 seasons as coach of the Nashville Predators. Trotz was previously the longest tenured coach in the NHL and only coach in the Predators history. Trotz has put himself among some legendary names, ranking third all-time in both games coached (1,196) and wins (557) with a single franchise. He also ranks 15th on the NHL’s coaching victories list and fourth among active coaches behind only Joel Quenneville (Chicago), Ken Hitchcock (St. Louis) and Lindy Ruff (Dallas).
Trotz 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 15 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). Trotz has also been the finalist for the Jack Adams Award, awarded annually to the NHL’s top head coach, twice in the last five seasons (2010 and 2011) while finishing in the top 5 on four other occasions since 2006.
Prior to joining the Predators, Trotz spent five seasons (1992-97) as the coach of the Capitals’ primary developmental affiliate in the American Hockey League. He was named coach of the Baltimore Skipjacks in 1992 after one season as an assistant coach. Following the franchise’s relocation to Portland, Maine, in 1993, he led the Portland Pirates to two Calder Cup finals appearances during the next four seasons. In 1994-95, Trotz coached Portland to a Calder Cup championship and a league-best 43-27-10 record and captured AHL Coach of the Year honors. In 2006 he was honored with election to the Pirates’ Hall of Fame.
Trotz earned the first of his back-to-back Jack Adams nominations in 2009-10 when he was runner-up for the award after leading his club to a 100-point season (47-29-6) despite the NHL’s 28th-highest payroll. Trotz was again nominated for the award in 2011-12 after guiding the Predators to the fifth seed in the Western Conference (44-27-11 record) despite losing 348 man-games due to injury, a number that ranked among the top three in the league, and being the fifth youngest roster down the stretch and the youngest among playoff teams. That success continued in 2011-12 when he finished fifth in Adams voting after steering the team to their third-best record in franchise history and to top 10 rankings in goals for (eighth), goals against (eighth), power-play percentage (first) and penalty-kill percentage (10th). On Nov. 12, 2011, against the Montreal Canadiens, he hit the 1,000-game milestone, and on March 30, 2012, reached the 500-win mark.