The NHL’s newest team has a boss behind the bench, as the Vegas Golden Knights named Gerard Gallant as their first head coach in franchise history on Thursday.
Darren Dreger of TSN in Canada first reported the news on Wednesday night:
Gerard Gallant will be the Vegas Golden Knights first NHL head coach. Quality hockey dept in Vegas.
Gallant was head coach of the Florida Panthers for a little over two seasons from 2014 to 2016 before he was fired just 22 games into the 2016-17 season. Before that Gallant had some head coaching experience with the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2004 to 2007 and while away from the NHL was a sucessful coach at the junior level with the Saint Johns Sea Dogs (QMJHL).
The Golden Knights will hold a press conference on Thursday to officially announce the hiring and introduce Gallant to the media.
Vegas signed it’s first player last month in Reid Duke out of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. They will compile the rest of their roster with the Expansion Draft in June.