Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals
The Capitals went to the playoffs in all four years under Trotz, including two Presidents' Trophy-winning seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17. (Source: Washington Capitals)

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer

Barry Trotz has resigned as coach of the Washington Capitals after leading them to the Stanley Cup.

The team announced the resignation Monday. The 55-year-old Trotz went into the season without any certainty about his future when ownership and general manager Brian MacLellan last summer opted not to give him a contract extension.

Full statement from Trotz:

"After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals.  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.  We had an incredible run this season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans.  I would like to thank Mr. 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."

In a statement, the team thanked Trotz for his efforts the past four years and said it's grateful for his leadership and what he's done for the franchise.

The Capitals went to the playoffs in all four years under Trotz, including two Presidents' Trophy-winning seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

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