The Vegas Golden Knights fired Gerard Gallant, their first-ever coach, on Wednesday and named former San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer as his alternative.
Gallant, 56, led the growth Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Remaining in 2018 to culminate their first NHL season; Vegas misplaced in 5 video games to the Washington Capitals. Total, Gallant’s groups have been 118-75-20 in two-plus seasons, together with a 24-19-6 report this season.
The crew additionally introduced the firing of assistant coach Mike Kelly.
“To ensure that our crew to succeed in its full potential, we decided a training change was vital,” Golden Knights normal supervisor Kelly McCrimmon mentioned in a crew assertion. “Our crew is able to greater than now we have demonstrated this season.
“We wish to thank Gerard and Mike for his or her service to the Vegas Golden Knights. They have been each instrumental to the success now we have loved in our first two-plus seasons and we want all of them the perfect transferring ahead.”
DeBoer was fired by San Jose on Dec. 11. He’s anticipated to be on the bench Thursday when the Golden Knights face the Senators in Ottawa.
DeBoer, 51, led the Sharks to the one Stanley Cup Remaining look in crew historical past, once they misplaced in six video games to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016. He compiled a 198-129-34 regular-season mark in four 1/2 seasons on the job, plus a 32-28 playoff report.
San Jose reached the postseason in every of DeBoer’s full seasons on the bench, together with an look within the Western Convention finals final season, when the Sharks misplaced in six video games to the eventual league champion St. Louis Blues.
DeBoer beforehand coached the Florida Panthers (2008-11) and the New Jersey Devils (2011-12 by way of a part of the 2014-15 season). He guided the Devils to the 2012 Stanley Cup Remaining, which they misplaced in six video games to the Los Angeles Kings. His general teaching report is 415-329-111 within the common season, 46-38 within the postseason.
“In Peter DeBoer, now we have a confirmed, skilled head coach who we imagine might help us obtain our final aim,” McCrimmon mentioned. “We’re excited to welcome Peter and his household to the Vegas Golden Knights group. We stay up for a robust end to the 2019-20 season with Peter on the helm and a profitable tenure within the seasons to return.”
This marks the seventh NHL head-coaching change this season. Invoice Peters resigned in Calgary and Mike Babcock was fired in Toronto in November. John Hynes was fired in New Jersey and Jim Montgomery in Dallas in December. And final week, the Nashville Predators fired Peter Laviolette.