CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Only a week after winning gold with Team Canada at the 2021 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship, Gerard Gallant has been hired as Head Coach of the New York Rangers. 


Gallant confirmed the hiring to Hockey PEI, but will wait until the official team announcement before commenting further.


A native of Summerside, PEI, Gerard “Turk” Gallant has been out of an NHL job since he was let go by the Vegas Golden Knights back in January, 2020. Since then, he has interviewed for the Washington Capitals head coaching position, and was considered a leading candidate for the expansion Seattle Kraken due to his success with the start of the Golden Knights. 

Gallant led the first-year Knights to the Stanley Cup final in 2018, and was named the NHL’s coach of the year.

Prior to his time in Vegas, he also coached the Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens and the Columbus Blue Jackets over his time in the National Hockey League to date. 

The Rangers are expected to make the official team announcement as early as tomorrow and it is suspected that Shamrock, PEI’s, Mike Kelly will also join the coaching staff.


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