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All The Latest Gerard Gallant News

Keep up to date on all the latest news about the Golden Knights' hiring of Gerard Gallant

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

When Gerard Gallant was named head coach of the Golden Knights on Thursday, it reverberated throughout hockey.

Perhaps that's just what happens when an NHL team hires a recent Jack Adams Award nominee as its first-ever head coach.

Below we've set up a hub for all of the news surrounding Gallant's hiring.

Seatch for assistant coaches progresses

For Gerard Gallant, one of his first orders of business after being hired as Golden Knights coach is hiring the remaining spots on his coaching staff.

Receiving tremendous interest for positions with the team, while balancing a month where he'll serve as assistant coach for Canada at the World Championships and be moving to Vegas with his wife, Gallant recently made use of a drive from Florida to Prince Edward Island to evaluate candidates.

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Gallant optimistic about the available talent pool

The Golden Knights will not be Gerard Gallant's first experience with an expansion team. That came 17 years ago, when he was hired as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

At the time, with both Columbus and the Minnesota Wild entering the NHL in 2000-01 after the Atlanta Thrashers and Nashville Predators joined the prior two years, the pool of players available for expansion teams was extremely watered down.

As a result, it took most of these franchises years to become contenders; two, the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets, have still never won playoff series.

But having been through the most recent expansion and surveying what lies ahead for the Golden Knights, Gallant is highly optimistic that Vegas won't suffer the same fate during its early seasons as its expansion predecessors.

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Gallant prefers to be called "Turk"

In hockey circles, Gallant has long preferred to be called by his nickname, "Turk."

The origin of this nickname has rarely been discussed, however. recently caught up with Gallant about his nickname, which dates back to a childhood spent chasing turkeys around a basement on Prince Edward Island.

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Why Gallant Chose Vegas

Since he hit the job market in late November, Gallant has been a highly coveted coach for all teams which have had openings.

In the end, however, he chose to stand behind the bench of the Vegas Golden Knights.

Here, columnist Nicholas Cotsonika goes in depth about what lured Gallant to Vegas, when he probably would have had several other options.

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Getting To Know Gerard Gallant

He's often remembered as the head coach who guided the Florida Panthers to an Atlantic Division championship last season.

But what other experiences does Gallant have on his resume? provides 10 fun facts to get to know the team's first coach better.

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Video: Gallant on being named coach of the Golden Knights


What Style Of Coach Is Gerard Gallant?

He arrives in Vegas with the reputation as a "players' coach.'

But what exactly does being a "players' coach" entail?

Here, gets both Gallant's and general manager George McPhee's thoughts on the subject, providing inside video access to a pregame speech Gallant delivered players in Florida.

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Video: Bill Foley on hiring Gerard Gallant as head coach


Who Were Other NHL Teams' First Head Coaches?

When Gallant was hired by the Golden Knights, some questions were raised about how important first coaches have traditionally been to NHL teams' long-term chances of success.

Here, runs through every other teams' first coaches and their accomplishments, along with some vintage photographs from when other teams made their first hires.

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