Chippewa Cree Métis
Bryan Trottier is Cree Métis from Val Marie, Saskatchewan and he was one of the National Hockey League's premier centremen. Trottier won six Stanley Cups as a player, including four-straight championships with the New York Islanders between 1980 and 1983, and two back-to-back in 1991 and 1992 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and a seventh as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001.
Trottier began his hockey career playing for the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Canada Junior Hockey League during the seasons of 1972-1973 and 1973-1974. In the latter season, he scored 41 goals and 71 assists for a total of 112 points in 68 games. He finished his first season with league records for a rookie in assists (63) and points (95), earning the NHL's Calder Trophy awarded annually to the most outstanding newcomer.
Playing in 77 games in the 1977-78 season, Trottier had 46 goals and 77 assists for a total of 123 points. During the 1978-79 season, Trottier compiled his best season statistics ever, scoring 47 goals and 87 assists for a total of 134 points, making him the league's top scorer and earning him the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.
Trottier was also the recipient of the Art Ross Trophy in 1979, and the Hart Memorial Trophy also in 1979. In 1980 he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most outstanding performer in NHL post-season play. In 1989 he won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. In 1998 he was honored with the National Aboriginal Achievement Award.
Trottier was selected to nine NHL All Star Games and had his number raised to the rafters by the New York Islanders on October 20, 2001.
He shares the NHL single period record of scoring six points including four goals and two assists and is one of only eight NHL players to have multiple five goal games.
After his playing career was over, he was hired as the head coach of the New York Rangers for a season. He also worked as head coach for the Portland Pirates of the AHL for the 1997-1998 season, and he was also a Colorado Avalanche assistant coach. The Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 2001. In 2014 he was an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres.
Trottier won countless awards and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. In 2017, he was named in the “Top 100 Greatest Players in the NHL.” In 2022, he authored his memoir, “All Roads Home: A Life On and Off the Ice” and it has become a national bestseller.