Bryan John Trottier (July 17, 1956-) was the first player from a post-Original Six expansion team to win the NHL’s Hart Trophy as the League’s Most Valuable Player and he holds the NHL record for the most points in a single period (6 – 4 goals and 2 assists). Bryan moved quickly and effectively through the Western Canada Hockey League scoring 103 goals and 198 assists in 202 games. The New York Islanders secretly drafted Trots in the second round of the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft, but left him in the minors to mature both physically and on the ice for one more season. The move paid off and when he joined the Isles, he was added a line with Clark Gillies and Mike Bossy. The combination was one of the most potent lines in the NHL as well as one of the most balanced with the sniper (Bossy), the playmaker (Trottier) and the mucker/grinder (Gillies). Trottier was a throw back type player with a superb scoring touch, amazing vision and playmaking ability and exceptional defensive skills making him a coveted two-way player. In his rookie campaign, Bryan scored 32 goals and 63 assists for 95 points, running away with the Calder Trophy for the NHL’s Rookie of the Year. From his rookie season in 1975 to 1988, Trottier scored 30 or more goals 11 times including four with 40 or more and one 50-goal season. He led the NHL twice in assists and won the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s leading point scorer in 1978-79. Trottier was also named the NHL’s Most Valuable Player that season, winning the Hart Trophy after scoring 47 goals and 87 assists for 134 points while posting a +76 plus minus.
Trottier was one of the Islander team leaders during his fifteen years on Long Island and led the Isles to the Stanley Cup Championships in four consecutive years (1979-1983) but lost their bid for five straight in 1984 falling to the Edmonton Oilers in five games. From 1979-1984, he led all skaters in the playoffs three times in games played, twice in assists and points and once in goals. Bryan was named the 1980 Conn Smythe Trophy winner as he led all playoff performers in goals with 12 and points with 29. Trottier played 18 years in the NHL with the Islanders (1975-1990) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (1990-1992, 1993-94). The addition of Trottier and his leadership skills were key to the Penguins back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships in 1991-1992. Playing alongside yet another group of Hall of Famers Mario Lemieux, Joe Mullen, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy, Bryan Trottier and the Pens captured the Stanley Cup over the Minnesota North Stars and Chicago Blackhawks, respectively. Bryan was named to two NHL All-Star First Teams and played in eight NHL All-Star Games. Bryan Trottier finished his career with 534 regular season goals and 901 assists for 1,425 points posting a +452 plus/minus in 1,279 games. In the playoffs, he added 71 goals and 113 assists in 221 games while collecting six Stanley Cup Championships. Bryan Trottier was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.