Golden Knights to Name Gerard Gallant First Head Coach on Thursday

The Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL’s newest expansion team, have decided on the franchise’s first head coach.

Gerard Gallant is expected to be named their bench boss Thursday, according to multiple reports.

“I’d probably be ready by about 12 noon,” Golden Knights owner Bill Foley told SinBin.vegas, though he didn’t acknowledge what the announcement would be about.

Gallant was fired by the Florida Panthers in November after starting 11-9-1. He had led them to their first 100-plus-point season in 2015-16 when they went 47-26-9 to win the Atlantic Division.

The 53-year-old spent two-plus seasons with the Panthers, and had previously coached the Columbus Blue Jackets for parts of three seasons as well. He has a 152-140-4-31 record.

General manager George McPhee and Gallant will take part in the expansion draft starting June 18. The franchise will unveil their picks June 21.

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