P.E.I.-born Gerard Gallant coaches Golden Knights to unlikely Stanley Cup final
Just 17 months ago, Gerard Gallant was abruptly fired by the Florida Panthers and left at the curb following a road game to hail his own taxi as the team bus drove away.
On Sunday, the 54-year-old Canadian was packing his bags for the National Hockey League‘s (NHL) Stanley Cup finals as head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights and part of the unlikeliest story in sports.
Gallant was still all business in Winnipeg on Sunday night after Vegas had beaten the Jets 2-1 to ice the series 4-1 and ensure they would be the first expansion team to play in the NHL final in 50 years. Read More
P.E.I. duo set to coach expansion Golden Knights
When Gerard Gallant and Mike Kelly were both out of a job during the 2008-09 NHL season, they would meet up once a week for breakfast in their native province of Prince Edward Island.
Different job opportunities were discussed, and they quickly got in touch when an opening with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Saint John Sea Dogs came up.
“I called Turk (Gallant) and I said, ‘Are you going to send your resume in?’, and he said ‘I already did,”’ Kelly said. “So I sent mine in and we both got interviews on the same day so we both drove over together. He was interviewed first, I was interviewed second.” Read More