Monday, November 25, 2013

Gerard Gallant Gets Hall Call

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League announced today that former Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant will be inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame this April.

Three players and one official – Gallant, Jean-Luc Phaneuf, Patrice Brisebois, and Normand Caisse – will be inducted into the Hall on Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Montreal.

Gallant coached the Sea Dogs from 2009-2012, winning literally everything. From the QMJHL website:

In 2009-10, he made a comeback in the QMJHL, this time as head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs (New Brunswick). The team won three consecutive regular season titles, a first in the history of the League. In addition, Gallant’s team won the grand final of the playoffs in 2011 and 2012, after losing in the final round against Moncton at its first attempt in 2010. In 2011, the Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup as Gallant could count on a talented brigade including Jonathan Huberdeau, Stanislav Galiev, Jacob DeSerres, Nathan Beaulieu and Simon Després.
Therefore Gerard Gallant has maintained in the regular season, the best career winning percentage for a  coach in the QMJHL (,791), higher than the previous record holder, Maurice Filion of the Québec Remparts (,733). Unsurprisingly, he twice won the Ron-Lapointe Trophy, awarded to the coach of the year, at the end of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

Gallant also had quite an impressive playing career - which is explained in detail over on the Q site - in the QMJHL, recording 321 points in 188 regular season games and 90 points in 51 playoff contests.

The Summerside native is currently an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens.

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