Trouba has trained as a Rangers leader all his life

Now 28, the New York Rangers defender pulled his parents out of this notebook from his childhood bedroom of their home in Rochester, Michigan in early August. He had to check again if one of the goals he remembered writing had been achieved.

“They found it, and in it, be a captain for the National Hockey League,” Trouba said. “

The Rangers named their 28th commander Tropa on August 9. It’s a title that Trouba has been working towards achieving since arriving in New York more than four years ago, a move and city that has allowed him to thrive into a strong and respected leader.

“There are a lot of things you guys don’t see,” Rangers Center Mika Zibanjad He said. “That’s the way he carries himself, it’s so natural. He’s taken care of a lot of things last year. The way he played obviously, the things he said in the locker room, the things he was dealing with. People don’t know if I’m not in The changing room, just make sure everyone is on the same page if it’s a meeting or a dinner or a group gathering. I think it was honestly just a natural choice.”

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Trouba began his first season as captain when the Rangers opened the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, SN1, TVAS).

How he got to this point is a study in personal growth, and how exerting himself to learn from others allowed him to develop into a leader.


Truba made her NHL debut at the age of 19 with the Winnipeg Jets in 2013-14. Tall, skinny and full of strength and potential, he earned 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in his rookie season.

He was young, his feet wet, oblivious.

“A lot has changed in my life in 10 years,” said Trouba. “I was talking to my wife [Kelly] When I was going to meet someone and she would say, “Remember like you were six years ago, you didn’t even call the dentist for an appointment, I had to do it for you.” ”

Tropa played six seasons in Winnipeg and had success both on and off the ice. Some grew up, became an NHL veteran and began to understand some of the nuances of leadership.

But it wasn’t until Rangers acquired Trouba in a commercial deal with the aircraft on June 17, 2019, that his interest in driving grew.

New York has already gone through an entire season without a captain after trading a defensive man Ryan McDonagh To Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb 26, 2018.

Troupa said of his thinking when he arrived at the Rangers: “There was a leadership vacancy, they hadn’t had a leader for a long time, and I thought that was a role I could play.” I thought I needed to get better at that. So I’ve focused on the past three or four years.”

Al-Trouba began studying leadership by crawling out of his shell and being open to the knowledge and experience of others.

He said, “I’ve talked to some ex-players, entrepreneurs, CEOs, but also some people who are managers who aren’t really at the top of the chain, but how do they approach the relationship with their bosses?, what works for them, how do they motivate salespeople?

“It’s all a little different. You can take little bits and how that all translates to sports and hockey.”

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Truba visited a Michigan mortgage company and learned that its CEO never books Thursday meetings, and instead uses that day to walk around and talk to employees, check on them, and ask if they have questions or ideas for improvement.

Earn his master’s degree in leadership this off-season by having dinner with Peter Cuneo, former President, CEO, and Vice President of Marvel Entertainment Inc. , who was appointed in 1999 to change the course of the company after it emerged from bankruptcy.

Cuneo, recognized by Forbes magazine and Business Insider as one of America’s best CEOs, launched Marvel Studios and set out to create the entertainment giant it is today.

He left Marvel after it was sold to Walt Disney for $4 billion in 2009.

Cuneo, who has also served on courses at Clairol, Black & Decker and Remington, gives speeches around the world on what he calls the 32 Essentials of Transformation Leadership.

He is a close friend of MSG Network anchor Joe Micheletti, who arranged the meeting.

“Jacob called me and said, ‘Can we go to dinner?'” Kunio said. “He said.” We can’t do all of the 32″, and I said they don’t all apply, but if you’re talking about yourself as a snowboarder and perhaps more importantly in the locker room or on a road trip, on the plane, on the bus, at dinner, we can talk about some Things that I think apply.”

Tell Kunio that Tropa leaders need to generate positive energy from day one, be honest and admit mistakes, convey consistent messages, listen even if they know the answer, avoid prejudice, always be available, learn from past problems but never think about them And don’t think anymore. They’ve seen it all and have people around them telling them the truth about their performance.

They also discussed how leaders never panic, work on their failures and forget about their successes, how ego can’t stand in their way and why finding time to escape into a hobby or family life fuels the energy needed to be quality leaders.

Cuneo said he told Troupe stories from his career in the Navy and as a business professional that relate to all of these qualities. Try connecting several leadership essentials to Tropa’s role on the NHL team.

“I told him you have to be an actor sometimes,” Cuneo said. “You have a bad period, all men are sad, you go into the locker room, you must be awake. Whatever it takes, you must be awake.”

He also told Cuneo that soil leaders have a variety of tactics at their disposal to lead.

“Find out who you can manage with a kind word and who you need to kick in the ass,” Cuneo said. “It will motivate both if you figure out how to deal with it.”

If a team member needs five minutes to chat, make the time.

“People should feel that they can come to you and they will listen to you,” Cuneo said.

Snowboard misses? Get rid of it.

“It generates negative energy if you overemphasize past mistakes,” Cuneo said.

Realize when, as a leader, you need a wake-up call.

Whoever it is should be able to come up to him and say, ‘Hey, Jacob, I don’t think that’s right,’ said Cuneo.

Trouba said he took a lot out of the dinner meeting and has been in touch with Cuneo ever since.

“He stuck with that, and it’s good for him,” Cuneo said. “He’s not entirely responsible for the team’s performance, but he certainly has a role.”


Trouba’s challenge is to put everything he’s learned into practice.

He had already started shedding paper straws at the Rangers training facility.

“Now we have bamboo straws,” he said with a laugh. “No one liked paper lollipops. That was my first step. We can’t use plastic, so bamboo was the alternative.”

Trouba may have made this decision unilaterally, but most of what he will do as Rangers captain will be in a group setting, discussing everything with a leadership group that includes Zibanegad, strikers Chris CriederAnd the Artemi BanarinAnd the Barclay Godro And the Vincent Trochekand defenseman Adam Fox.

“The only thing I find good with him is as much as we depend on him, he also counts on us to do it together,” Zibanjad said.

He said Kandrey MillerD., Trouba’s Defense Partner, “I think you could have had 25 or 26 guys all saying that Trouba was our captain last year. It’s a daily thing for him. It’s not just, ‘I have a C and now I’m going to start doing the work.'” It’s exactly where it left off last year.”

It is another sign of trouba growth.

“He was 19 when he arrived in Winnipeg so I can understand why he wouldn’t want to talk to his dentist or learn how to talk to his dentist,” former Rangers captain Dave Maloney said. “But it’s a good sign. I like to see men improve. I like to see them think differently and more responsibly as they get older. He definitely did.”

Henrik Lundqvist, the former goalkeeper who played for Tropa in 2019-20, said he can tell Rangers players, especially younger ones, that they are stronger because Tropa is on their side.

“I feel he’s very consistent in his up and down behaviour,” Lundqvist said. “He’s always in good shape mentally. It doesn’t mean you always have to smile and be happy, but his behavior is very consistent and that’s good for a leader.”

It’s key, according to Cuneo, and a big reason why Trouba reached his goal.

“I am glad this happened to me,” said Trouba. “And I need to keep improving, and I need to keep growing and learning.”

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