The seven-time Stanley Cup champion dedicates a book to his late parents

Brian Trottier added to his long list of accomplishments.

Trottier, who has ancestry from the Mets, Cree and Chippewa, is a seven-time Stanley Cup champion. He was named the NHL Most Valuable Player for his efforts during the 1978-1979 season. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

Trottier, now 66, is now a published author as well. His most recently published book, which he wrote with award-winning journalist Stephen Brent, is called All Roads Home: A Life On and Off the Ice.

Trottier has spent a significant part of his life in the NHL. He played 18 seasons on the world’s premier hockey circuit.

During his playing career, he won the Stanley Cup four times with the New York Islanders and then twice with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

After his playing days were over, Trottier spent another 13 seasons working with professional franchises in coaching and administrative roles.

He won his seventh Stanley Cup in 2001 when he was an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche.

Trottier’s last major NHL gig was during the 2014-15 campaign when he was an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabers.

Trottier, who is from the small town of Val Mare, Saskatchewan, now lives in the Pennsylvania city of Washington, which is about a 30-minute drive from Pittsburgh.

He continues to do some community work for both the penguins and the islanders. It is estimated that he attends over 25 NHL games in Pittsburgh each season.

He’s also keeping a close eye on his 14-year-old grandson Parker, who is making a name for himself by averaging nearly two points per game for Shattuck-St. Mary’s, a prestigious Minnesota school known for its hockey prowess.

Trottier’s book includes many stories about his family, friends, teammates and coaches.

“It’s a tribute to my mom and dad,” Trottier told Windspeaker.com during a phone interview from Ottawa, where he was promoting his book. “It’s a tribute to all the people who helped me.”

In the introduction to his book, Trottier writes of his first vivid memory of playing in the NHL, which was during the spring of 1965 when he was eight years old. Watch the Stanley Cup Final with his parents and watch Montreal Canadiens captain Jean Beliveau present the most prestigious hockey trophy in the world.

After seeing Beliveau embrace the Stanley Cup, Trottier recalled telling his father he wanted to do the same one day.

This wish first became a reality in 1980 when he was a member of the Islanders’ Stanley Cup winning team.

Trottier wrote about his memories of that celebration on the ice.

“Now, all of a sudden,” he wrote, “they were taking out the cup from the corner doors in the boards.” “Denis Potvin and I went there, and I remember I wanted to hug him, just like Jeanne Beliveau. I wanted to put my arms around her – which I did. He took Denis on one side and I held the other and we hugged and stared at each other with crazy smiles on our faces. We both had tears in our eyes. “.

Trottier’s 23-chapter book is 277 pages long and is published by Penguin Random House Canada. It’s available on Amazon and at Chapters-Indigo and other book retailers.

Trottier said the book, which took about five years to finish, had undergone some major editing.

“Stephen Brent was amazing,” said Trottier. “It jolted my memory and there were so many stories. We ended up with a 1,400-page manuscript. It took a while to condense that.”

Trottier hopes that readers of all ages, even non-hockey aficionados, will enjoy his book.

“There is always a message out there,” he said. “This includes the fact that you can always go home and that you can pursue your dream and don’t forget to ask for help.”

Trottier believes that Aboriginal youth in particular, who have moved away to pursue hockey careers, will see that he has had similar experiences.

“Aboriginal children would relate to it,” he said, “especially the parts about homesickness and shame.”

Although he’s in his mid-60s now, Trottier continues to lace up the occasional shoe. He plays a handful of games each season with an NHL alumni team that includes Indigenous players.

He is currently enjoying his life in Pennsylvania.

He wrote, “I’m not homesick these days, but I do miss my mom and dad.” “I honor them by living life to the fullest each day. I have their memories, my Canadian Val Marie roots, and the importance of hard work, strength, and family. I also have their lessons.”

Mom “treat people the way you want to be treated” and “you can only make a first impression once.” “A firm handshake for dad and look them in the eye” and “A for effort is the most important grade on your report card.”

Windspeaker.com

By Sam Lascaris, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Windspeaker.com, Windspeaker.com

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