Former Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz has been hired as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals.
Trotz was fired by the Nashville Predators at the end of the season after 16 years as the only head coach in franchise history.
Trotz coached 1,196 games with Nashville, second only to Gregg Popovich of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs for longest active coaching tenure in the four major sports.
“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 in the release. “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.”