VEGAS - June 8, 2017 - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, June 8, the team has hired Mike Kelly as an assistant coach. Kelly and Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant will be available to media by phone on a request basis.
"We are very proud of the addition of Mike to our team's coaching staff," said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee. "His experience as a coach at various level within professional hockey and as a recent assistant coach under Gerard with the Panthers made him a well-rounded candidate. His familiarity with Gerard's coaching style and practices will make this a seamless transition for our club."
"I am very excited to be working with Mike again," said Vegas Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant. "We enjoyed success in both Florida and Saint John and I am eager to bring that success to the Golden Knights. Mike is a great guy with a wealth of hockey knowledge and I couldn't be happier with the decision to bring him to Las Vegas."
Kelly joins the Golden Knights after most recently serving under Gallant with the Florida Panthers organization from 2014-17. In that time Kelly helped guide the Panthers to a record of 120-91-35 and a first-place finish in the NHL Atlantic Division in the 2015-16 season.
Prior to working with the Panthers, Kelly spent four seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. There he served as Head Coach and General Manager (2012-14) and Director of Hockey Operations/Associate Head Coach under Gallant (2010-12). He helped lead the Sea Dogs to three first-place finishes, three league final appearances, two QMJHL championships (2011 & 2012) and one Memorial Cup (2011).
Prior to working in Quebec, Kelly spent three years with the Vancouver Canucks organization (2005-08) as an assistant coach with both the Canucks and their American Hockey League Affiliate, the Manitoba Moose. At the major junior level, Kelly has experience in both coaching and management with the Brandon Wheat Kings (Western Hockey League), North Bay Centennials (Ontario Hockey League) and Windsor Spitfires (OHL).
Internationally, Kelly led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2003 IIHF World Under-18 Championship as head coach. He was also an assistant on Team Canada's coaching staff at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2000, 2001, and 2002.
Kelly played hockey at the University of New Brunswick in Canada from 1981-86. During his time as a collegiate athlete, he recorded 48 goals and 73 assists for 121 points.
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