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Gerard Gallant
Position Left wing
Shot Left
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
Teams Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born September 2 1963 (1963-09-02) (age 53),
Summerside, PEI, CAN
NHL Draft 107th overall, 1981
Detroit Red Wings
Pro Career 1984 – 1995

Gerard "Turk" Gallant (born September 2, 1963 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former NHL player.

Gallant was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, sixth round, one-hundred seventh overall. He scored 211 goals in 615 games as a left wing for the Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning. He also scored 18 playoff goals. His nickname is a shortened form of a nickname his older brother used for him: "Turkey".

Despite his smaller stature (5'10, 180 lbs), Gallant was known as a power forward during his time with the Red Wings. He was a team leader, and served as an alternate captain alongside either Bob Probert, Rick Zombo, or Steve Chiasson.

He was the head coach of the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets before being fired on Monday, November 13, 2006.

Gallant was an assistant coach for the New York Islanders during the 2007-08 season.

On Friday, April 24, 2009, Gerard was named head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. He led the team to their first QMJHL President's Cup Final with a league best 109 points and subsequently was named the 2010 Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year.

Gallant was considered a top candidate to take the head coach position of the Ottawa Senators after the April 9, 2011 firing of then coach Cory Clouston. He has also served as an assistant coach for the Fort Wayne Komets of the then UHL.

Coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
CBJ 2003–04 45 16 24 4 1 (62) 4th in Central Missed playoffs
CBJ 2005–06 82 35 43 4 74 3rd in Central Missed playoffs
CBJ 2006–07 15 5 9 1 (73) 4th in Central (fired)
Total 142 56 76 4 6

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