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Barry Trotz on ‘The Joe’

The Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan penned her pre-game notebook, and Capitals coach Barry Trotz gave a great quote about his memories of Joe Louis Arena, as well as the building's legacy:

Said Trotz: “To me, it was always about the tradition. When I was in Nashville, especially in the early years, you look across, and they were in they heydays. One time I remember looking across, and you’ve got Scotty Bowman on the bench and they have nine Hall of Fame guys on their bench, all at the same time. But the Joe has character. It has a lot of character. They’ve won a lot of games in that building. As a visitor, it was a tough place to come into. It’s sort of iconic. You don’t really call it Joe Louis Arena. It’s ‘The Joe.’ It’s probably time for ‘The Joe’ and for Detroit to get a new building.”

Khurshudyan continues...

Update: Here are a few more Capitals on the Joe, per WashingtonCapitals.com's Mike Vogel:

Justin Williams

“I will miss the Joe, because it’s one of the genuine, classic arenas that’s left. I won’t miss getting shelled by those earlier Detroit teams with [Sergei] Fedorov and [Steve] Yzerman and all those guys buzzing around the ice and making me minus-5. But it’s a classic arena. I’m going to remember that for sure.”

T.J. Oshie

“Consistently, over my whole career, I think the Joe has been one of the most consistent buildings. We all know all the history and how long it’s been around and all the good teams that have played there, but as far as the ice and the boards, it’s just a fun rink to play on. The ice is always hard. The boards are bouncy so you can make some plays off of them, the bounce is consistent to where you can kind of read it and you don’t really see that anywhere else in the league. It’s going to be fun to get in there one last time and hopefully have a good game out there.”

Vogel continues...

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