P.E.I.'s Gerard Gallant and Mike Kelly are teaming up behind the bench again, this time with Team Canada for the 2021 world hockey championship in Riga, Latvia.
Gallant, from Summerside, has actually been called head coach and Kelly, from Shamrock, will join him as an assistant coach.
The pair have coached together in the NHL with the Vegas Golden Knights and the Florida Panthers, and interacted in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Saint John Sea Dogs.
It's the very first head training job for Gallant given that he and Kelly were fired by Vegas in January 2020. One year previously, Gallant won the NHL coach of the year award after leading the Golden Knights, in simply their very first season, to the Stanley Cup last.
Gallant said it didn't take him long to accept the new task when it was provided recently.
"It's an excellent experience," he said. "I've been out of coaching for a little while here so it's a possibility to get back at it."
André Tourigny of Quebec, most recently the head coach of Canada's national junior group and head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67s, was also named an assistant to Gallant.
Gerard and Mike have actually collaborated both at the NHL and junior level and have an understanding of what it takes to compete and win. -- Tom Renney" We are fortunate to lean on the professional and executive experience that all 3 gentlemen will bring as Canada readies for the IIHF World Championship in Latvia
,"stated Tom Renney, ceo of Hockey Canada, in a news release. "Gerard and Mike have actually collaborated both at the NHL and junior level and have an understanding of what it takes to win and compete."
Other than for the odd lunch date on P.E.I., Gallant said he hasn't seen much of Kelly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and is anticipating dealing with him once again.
"He keeps me in line. He's not terrified to tell me when I'm incorrect and that's real essential," Gallant stated.
"It's a great relationship. Mike understands what I require and I know what Mike can do for me. We work well together. We have a good time every day and that's what is essential to me."
Gallant was an assistant coach with Team Canada at the world championship in 2007 and 2017, winning gold and silver, and also served as an assistant coach with Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Besides Florida and Vegas, he was also a head coach in the NHL for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
20 gold medals
Because 1931, Canada has actually won the world champion 20 times, not counting the years when Olympic Winter Games gold medallists were also thought about world champs. Canada has actually also gathered 13 silver medals and seven bronze.
The team will begin to take shape in the coming days, Gallant said. Players will be picked as their NHL groups get removed from the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The team will leave for Latvia on May 16. The competitors happens May 21 to June 6.
"Any time you get an opportunity to work with Hockey Canada and the lot of hockey gamers we're going to get over there, it must be genuine interesting."
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