The Vegas Golden Knights have announced that Gerard Gallant will be the franchise’s first head coach, according to NHL.com. Gallant, 53, has been coaching since 1997 at almost every level. He coached the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL from 2009 to 2012, winning the Memorial Cup in 2011 and back-to-back QMJHL titles in 2011 and 2012.
He has coached with three NHL teams, serving as the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2003-2004 and from 2005-2007, an assistant coach with the New York Islanders from 2007-2009, as the assistant coach of the Montreal Canadiens from 2012-2014, and head coach of the Florida Panthers form 2014-2016.
With the Panthers, Gallant had a 96-65-25 record and was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in 2015. He brings a lot of experience and a winning culture that the Vegas Golden Knights will need in their inaugural season.