Panthers hire Gerard Gallant as new coach

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Sunrise, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Florida Panthers announced the hiring of Gerard Gallant as their new coach, replacing interim mentor Peter Horacek.

“We are pleased to welcome Gerard as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. “He is an individual with tremendous character, integrity and a strong passion for the game and has experience as an NHL head coach.”

“Gerard is an excellent teacher and motivator who possesses the leadership qualities and hockey knowledge that are necessary to lead our team,” he added.

The 50-year-old Gallant spent parts of three seasons as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was 56-81-4-6 and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his only full season.

Gallant has been an assistant with the Blue Jackets, New York Islanders and for the past two seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.

Before coming to Montreal, Gallant spent three seasons as coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Gallant, along with Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau, won the QMJHL championship twice and won the Memorial Cup in 2011.

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