Gerard Gallant is the new head coach of the New York Rangers, and his goal is to advance to one of the youngest teams in the National Hockey League.
The Rangers confirmed the appointment of Gallant on Wednesday after signing a four-year deal this week.
After the Rangers lost the playoffs after a disappointing season, Galant fired 57-year-old David Quinn – along with his assistants – along with his assistants.
Ten days after leading Canada to gold at the World Championships in Latvia, his nomination comes despite his team losing the first three games of the tournament.
“Gerard’s eloquent record has made him one of the most respected head coaches in the world, and it’s a privilege to have him on our team,” owner James Dolan said in a statement.
“I have no doubt that he will play a key role in taking the next steps to become a team capable of winning the championship.”
Chris Drew, Rangers’ president and general manager, made the decision to fire Quinn and return to Gallant after taking over from President John Davidson and General Manager Jeff Gorton.
Dolan Davidson and Gorton were fired, citing the need for “leadership change”.
Drury said Galant’s experience and the success he has achieved behind the bench at various levels has made him the right choice to put the team in hand.
Boldly, it becomes 36E Head coach in Rangers history, this will be his fourth team in the NHL. He previously hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and Vegas Golden Knights.
In 2018, he won the Jack-Adams Trophy as Head Coach of the Year, leading the Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Final after a first year in existence.
He was replaced by Peter DeBour midway through the 2019-2020 season.
During his career in the NHL, Gallant led 541 games and 270-216-4-51.
As a player, he played in 615 games in the NHL. In 11 seasons with Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, he scored a total of 211 goals and 269 assists.