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Gallant Heads to Florida

Former Habs assistant coach Gerard Gallant

It’s official, Gerard Gallant is the Florida Panthers’ new head coach.

The Panthers confirmed the hiring via their Twitter account yesterday. Gallant is the Panthers’ third head coach in the past year. He replaces Pete Horachek who had taken over Kevin Dineen’s coaching duties on an interim basis on November 8, 2013. With Horachek, the Panthers maintained a 26-36-4 record and ended the season with a 29-45-8 record.

Originally from Price Edward Island, Gerard Gallant joined the Montreal Canadiens on June 15, 2012. Previously, he led the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) for three seasons where he enjoyed much success – winning the President’s Cup and the Memorial Cup.

He will be returning to head coaching duties in the NHL where he had been an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2000-2004, then as a head coach from 2004-2006. During the 2007-2008 season, he was the New Islanders’ assistant coach. At 50 years old, Gallant becomes the 8th head coach in Florida Panthers history.

Before assuming coaching duties, Gallant played 615 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning. He scored 211 goals, added 269 assists for 480 points while accumulating 1674 penalty minutes. He had four 30-goal(+) seasons from 1986-1990 with the Red Wings.