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Gerard “Don’t call me Turkey” Gallant joins Habs as assistant coach

Jun 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EDT

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It’s official, Gerard Gallant has joined the Montreal Canadiens as an assistant coach under new bench boss Michel Therrien.

Gallant is the 78th (or something like that) offseason hiring in Montreal. The 48-year-old former NHLer with Detroit and Tampa Bay has been the head coach of Saint John in the QMJHL since 2009. Under his guidance, the Sea Dogs went a ridiculous 161-34-9 and won the Memorial Cup in 2011.

Gallant was the head coach of the Blue Jackets from 2005 until November 2006, and according to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, he has two nicknames – Spuds and Turkey, the latter of which he does not care for.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Finnnnnnally a great hire. Habs fans, this man will be the next coach of the Habs and get things turned around after the failure of Therien.

    One of the best linemates Yzerman ever had, the man was a leader for the Wings and stood up for his guys vs anyone in the league despite his size.

    And he’s taken all those intangibles and has been doing an amazing job in the Q. I thought Tampa Bay was going to scoop him up last year but they went in a different direction, now it’s the Habs gain.

  2. michiganhockey11 - Jun 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    His nickname in Detroit was ‘spud’, as he is from Prince Edward Island and from a potato farm I believe…PEI fried are pretty good.

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