It has been a time of different perspectives, different challenges and different responsibilities for one of the most respected coaches of his generation.
But mostly for Barry Trotz, it’s been about trying to keep up with a wholly different travel itinerary.
“It’s basically been a five-month road trip,” the two-time Jack Adams Trophy winner as the NHL’s coach of the year told Burnside On Hockey.
Trotz is calling from Dauphin, Manitoba where he grew up about four hours northwest of Winnipeg.
Dauphin is where the family home is located. It’s where he learned to play the game and where he got his first coaching opportunity. It’s where he took the Stanley Cup after his Washington Capitals won it in 2018.