Bryan Trottier was a modern-day player with old-fashioned attributes. At a time when specialists were beginning to take over from the all-round player, Trottier was a throwback. He was a defensively sound centerman with the vision and instincts of a pure scorer. Over an 18-year National Hockey League career, he led his teams to the Stanley Cup six times, including four consecutive titles with the New York Islanders in the early 1980s. And his achievements went beyond team success. He was the winner of the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer and the Hart Trophy as the most valuable player. Trottier, at his retirement, was the league's sixth-highest all-time scorer.
Bryan "Trots" Trottier was born on Juky 17, 1956 in Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Canada. As a kid, he was more interested in music and the rodeo, coming to the attention of the Islanders by chance. He played minor hockey in Swift Current and Lethbridge of the Western league and was drafted in 1974 by the New York Islanders as their 2nd pick, 22nd overall. Trots made a huge splash in his first season, putting up 95 points and winning the Calder Trophy as the best rookie in the NHL. His offensive numbers were consistent through the next decade, but Trottier combined his scoring abilites with an attitude steeped in hard work and playing two-way hockey. He was an integral part of the New York Islander dynasty that won four Stanley Cups between 1980-83.
Trottier spent 15 years with the Islanders and left in 1990 as their all-time leading scorer. He signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins and his leadership is considered key in the Pens back-to-back Stanley Cup victories in 1991-92. After three seasons in Pittsburgh he would retire from hockey, but only as a player, as he joined the Penguins as an assistant coach. His coaching stint also landed him in Colorado as an assistant, where he helped the Avalanche win a Stanley Cup in 2002. That performance led to his hiring as the head coach of the New York Rangers in the 2002-03 season. His stint in the Big Apple though was short lived as the high price Rangers struggled and he was fired half way through the regular season.
During a nationally-televised induction ceremony last Nov. 17, when Trottier became a Hockey Hall of Fame member, he surprised a lot of viewers across Canada when he thanked his mother for making him proud of his Aboriginal ancestry. Many Aboriginal people were unaware that this star, who, during his 18 NHL seasons, combined a tough, hard-working style of play with scoring and playmaking skills, was one of their own.
1975- WCJHL All-Star Team
1976- Calder Memorial Trophy
1976- Played in NHL All-Star Game
1978- NHL First All-Star Team
1978- Played in NHL All-Star Game
1979- NHL First All-Star Team
1979- NHL Plus/Minus Leader
1979- Art Ross Trophy
1979- Hart Trophy
1980- Conn Smythe Trophy
1980- Played in NHL All-Star Game
1982- NHL Second All-Star Team
1982- Played in NHL All-Star Game
1983- Played in NHL All-Star Game
1984- NHL Second All-Star Team
1985- Played in NHL All-Star Game
1986- Played in NHL All-Star Game
1988- Bud Man of the Year Award
1989- King Clancy Memorial Trophy
1992- Played in NHL All-Star Game
1980,1981,1982,1983,1991,1992,2001 Stanley Cup Winner