Summerside native will be behind Atlantic Division bench
NEW YORK – Summerside native Gerard (Turk) Gallant is headed to the NHL All-Star celebration in Nashville on Jan. 30 and 31.
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Summerside native and Florida Panthers head coach Gerard (Turk) Gallant will coach the Atlantic Division team in the NHL All-Star celebration in Nashville on Jan. 30 and 31.
Gallant, who is head coach of Florida Panthers, was announced as head coach of the Atlantic Division team. The Panthers, who signed Gallant to a two-year contract extension last week, sit atop the Atlantic Division at 24-12-4 (won-lost-overtime losses) and a .650 winning percentage.
Ironically, the last Panthers head coach to coach in an NHL All-Star Game was Summerside native Doug MacLean, who was behind the Eastern Conference benches in 1996 and 1997.
The head coach of the team with the highest points percentage in each of the four divisions through games of Saturday, Jan. 9, were selected to guide the respective all-star rosters. Jan. 9 is the halfway point of the regular season.
Other head coaches headed to Nashville are the Dallas Stars’ Lindy Ruff (Central Division), the Los Angeles Kings’ Darryl Sutter (Pacific Division) and the Washington Capitals’ Barry Trotz (Metropolitan Division).
The NHL’s new all-star format this year includes each division taking part in a three-game tournament featuring a 3-on-3 format.