Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz resigns weeks after winning Stanley Cup
Last Updated: 18/06/18 8:33pm
Barry Trotz has resigned as head coach of the Washington Capitals less than two weeks after leading the franchise to their first Stanley Cup.
The Capitals needed only five games to beat the Vegas Golden Knights and secure the NHL title for the first time since their arrival in the league as an expansion team in 1974.
Trotz's contract was due to expire this summer, but reports had suggested that the Stanley Cup success had triggered a two-year extension.
However, the 55-year-old could now start next season in opposition to the Capitals.
In a statement, Trotz said: "After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as head coach of the 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 organisation, and our players and staff who worked tirelessly every day to achieve our success."