Thursday, May 5, 2016

Gallant A Finalist For NHL Coach Of The Year

Former Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant has been named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the NHL’s coach of the year.

Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff and Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals were also nominated. The award will be presented at the NHL’s award show on June 22.

Gallant led the Panthers (47-26-9, 103 points) to the Atlantic Division title while setting franchise marks for wins and points. Florida had a franchise-record 12 game win streak from Dec. 15 to Jan 10, a record seven-game home win streak (Dec. 10 to Jan. 3) and a record six-game road win streak (Dec. 15 to Jan. 10). In Gallant's second season behind the bench for Florida, the Panthers improved by nine wins and 12 points from a season ago. Gallant is a first-time award finalist.

Gallant coached the Sea Dogs for three seasons from 2009-2012, leading the team to three straight league finals, three Maritime Division championships, two President Cup titles and a Memorial Cup championship. He was an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens from 2012-14 before joining the Panthers.

The Summerside native was named the CHL coach of the year in 2010 and 2011.

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