Gerard A. Gallant ( born September 2, 1963 in Summerside, Prince Edward Iceland ) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player ( left wing ) and current trainer, who played 1984-1995 for the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning in the National Hockey League.
Gallant played during his time at junior level with John Chabot at the Sherbrooke Beavers in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. NHL Entry Draft 1981 The Detroit Red Wings selected him in the sixth round as 107. During the season 1982/93 he moved within the league to the Verdun Juniors, where he played together with Pat LaFontaine. Like last year, he reached with his team the final tournament for the Memorial Cup, but the second time it was not enough for the Cup win.
In the American Hockey League he played with the Adirondack Red Wings. Here he was able to provide in addition to his scoring prowess also proved that he could prevail physically. Over the 1984/85 season, the Detroit Red Wings took him from the farm team in the NHL. He was no discussion of the way and pulled in a fight with a broken jaw to Dirk Graham, who threw him back in his development again. In the 1986/87 season he surpassed for the first time the 30 - goal mark and was the second best scorer on the team behind Steve Yzerman. He took this second place in the following three seasons, leaving the possibility for players like Adam Oates regularly behind. He had to dismount in each of the seasons over 200 penalty minutes.
After nine seasons in Detroit, he moved to the 1993/94 season as a free agent to Tampa Bay Lightning. He could not build on the achievements of previous days and he also played some games in the International Hockey League with the Atlanta Knights and Detroit Vipers there. In training at the Vipers he retired in late 1995 of a back injury that forced him to end his career.
After a few coach stations in lower leagues engaged him in 1999 the Louisville Panthers AHL as an assistant coach. A year later he became an assistant to the Columbus Blue Jackets. During the season 2003/ 04 he took over the team of Doug MacLean as head coach. A weak start to the season 2006/ 07 urged the leaders of the Blue Jackets to fire him on November 13, 2006.
From 2007 to 2009 he was with his teammates from the Junior Time, John Chabot, assistant coach of the New York Islanders. In the Hockey World Cup 2007 Gallant worked as assistant coach of the Canadian selection. For the 2009/10 season, he took over the Saint John Sea Dogs the duties of the head coach. In his debut season he reached with the team several franchise records, surpassing the mark of 100 points in the regular season. In the playoffs, the team failed only in the finals at the Coupe du Président against the Moncton Wildcats. Gallant was awarded the Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award following as the best coach of the year, the Canadian Hockey League. In the season 2010/11 was achieved with the Sea Dogs the first time winning the championship in the QMJHL. Gallant was honored for the second time in a row as the best coach of the league with the Trophée Ron Lapointe. In the same season he won with the Saint John Sea Dogs for the first time the Memorial Cup and won the 2011 edition of the tournament. In the following season with the Sea Dogs Gallant could defend the title in the QMJHL, in the Memorial Cup but failed the team in the semifinals of the Cataractes de Shawinigan.
On June 15, 2012, the Canadiens de Montréal announced that they have Gerard Gallant committed as assistant coach Michel Therrien of.