The Vegas Golden Knights have announced that Gerard Gallant has been named the first Head Coach of the franchise.
Rumors have been buzzing about Gallant since he was (very publicly) fired from the Florida Panthers on Nov. 27 2016.
Gallant was a front runner for the position amongst the rumor mill and twitter was exploding.
"We are proud to announce Gerard as the first head coach in Vegas Golden Knights history," said Golden Knights GM George McPhee, as quoted by NHL.com. "He is an experienced head coach, has had success at multiple levels and has a great reputation amongst the players who have played for him. We undertook a very detailed due diligence process over the last several months and canvassed a number of qualified head coaching candidates to ensure we found the best coach for our group. And we believe we have found that coach in Gerard."
Gallant holds a 152-140-31 record as an NHL head coach in six seasons with both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers.