Barry Trotz posts full page ad to thank the team and fans after getting fired. How can you not like this guy?

Jason Kay
Nashville Association Of Talent Directors Honors Gala

It’s not tough to see why the David Poile and the Nashville Predators kept Barry Trotz behind their bench for 16 seasons. Aside from his proficiency at maximizing results, he is a classy and decent human being.

Trotz underscored those character traits on the weekend when he took out a full-page ad in the Tennessean, thanking the organization and community for a tremendous ride.

Predators’ play-by-play man Pete Weber, seen in the photo above, posted the ad in a Tweet.


The final paragraph in the open letter is particularly telling. After acknowledging Poile, the Preds’ owners and the fans, Trotz had a legacy request: to support the charities with which he became involved.

“My wish is that this community continue to support those individuals and organizations such as Best Buddies and My Friends that are near and dear to my heart,” he wrote.

Not that Trotz was going to have a tough time finding his next gig, but his reputation as a good person, furthered by this gesture, enhances his value.

So which lucky market gets Trotz next?