Shamrock's Mike Kelly named assistant coach with Florida Panthers

Published on July 7, 2014
Mike Kelly

Shamrock native Mike Kelly will be joining fellow Islander Gerard Gallant behind the Florida Panthers’ bench this season.

Kelly and Mark Morris were named assistant coaches by the NHL team on Monday.

Gallant, a native of Summerside, was named head coach on June 21, replacing Peter Horachek.

Assistant coach John Madden and goaltending coach Robb Tallas round out the staff. Brian Skrudland returns to his role as director of player development.

“We are pleased to welcome Mike and Mark to our coaching staff,” said Panthers’ general manager Dale Tallon. “They bring to our club a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience, and will be the perfect fit to work together with Gerard, John and Robb.

“I would also like to sincerely thank Brian for his hard work and dedication, after stepping in last season to serve as an assistant coach. We are happy to have him return to his previous role and oversee the growth and development of our prospects.”

Kelly, 54, spent the past four seasons working with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, serving as coach and general manager (2012-2013) and director of hockey operations/associate coach (2009-2012).

Working alongside Gallant, the two led the Sea Dogs to three first-place finishes, three league final appearances, two QMJHL championships (2011 and 2012) and one Memorial Cup (2011).

Morris, 56, spent the past eight seasons as coach of the Manchester Monarchs in the American Hockey League, compiling a record of 338-224-66 in the regular season and 35-50 in the postseason. He owns Manchester’s record for most games coached (552), regular-season wins (338) and postseason wins (35), and his teams advanced to the playoffs seven out of eight seasons.