PANTHERS COACHING STAFF
Gerard Gallant was named the 13th head coach of the Florida Panthers on June 21, 2014.
During his first season behind Florida’s bench, Gallant guided the Panthers to a 38-29-15 record and 91 points, a 25-point improvement from the previous season. The Panthers were eliminated from playoff contention after the 80th game of the 2014-2015 regular season.
Prior to joining the Panthers, Gallant, 50, spent two seasons (2012-2014) as an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens, helping the team advance to the postseason each year, including the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals. During his two years as an assistant coach, Montreal posted a 75-42-13 mark, including their first 100-point season since 2007-2008.
Before coaching in Montreal, Gallant spent three seasons (2009-2012) as the head coach of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). During his three seasons with Saint John, he compiled a 159-34-9 record and led the Sea Dogs to three first-place finishes, three league final appearances, two QMJHL championships (2011 & 2012) and one Memorial Cup (2011). Gallant was also named the QMJHL and Canadian Hockey League Coach of the Year twice (2010 & 2011).
Gallant served as head coach of Columbus for parts of three seasons (2003-2004 & 2005-2007), after serving as an assistant with the Blue Jackets (2000-2003). He also was an assistant with the New York Islanders (2007-2009), the International Hockey League’s Fort Wayne Komets (1998-1999) and the American Hockey League’s Louisville Panthers (1999-2000). Gallant began his coaching career in 1995-1996 with the Summerside Capitals of the Maritime Junior Hockey League (MJrHL) leading the team to the Royal Bank Cup in 1997.
A native of Summerside, P.E.I, Gallant was selected by Detroit in the sixth round (107th overall) in the 1981 NHL Draft. He played in 615 NHL games for Detroit (1984-1993) and Tampa Bay (1993-1995) registering 480 points (211-269-480) and 1,674 penalty minutes. Gallant recorded four 70-plus point seasons, including his most successful year in 1988-1989 when he registered a career high 93 points (39-54-93) and was selected as a NHL Second Team All-Star.
Dave Barr was named associate coach of the Florida Panthers on June 7, 2016 Prior to joining the Panthers, Barr was an assistant with the Buffalo Sabres during the 2015-16 season. Barr also spent time as an assistant with the New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche. Barr made his mark as a coach during four seasons (2004-08) with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, where he served as both General Manager and Head Coach.
He won the Matt Leyden Trophy as the OHL’s Coach of the Year in 2005-06. In recognition of his work at the junior level, Barr was selected to coach Canada’s National Summer Under-18 Team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August of 2007.
Barr served as a player/assistant coach in the International Hockey League with the Orlando Solar Bears for two seasons (1995-97).
Barr spent three seasons (1997-2000) as an Assistant Coach with the Houston Aeros and one season as Head Coach (2000-01). In 1998-99, the Aeros set a club record with a league-leading 54-15-13 record and claimed the IHL’s Turner Cup.
He also served as General Manager for the Aeros for two seasons (2001-03) including winning the Calder Cup in 2003. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Barr recorded 332 points (128-204-332) and 520 penalty minutes in 614 NHL contests during 13 seasons with the Boston Bruins (1981-83), New York Rangers (1983-84), St. Louis Blues (1983-87), Hartford Whalers (1986-87), Detroit Red Wings (1986-91), New Jersey Devils (1991-93) and Dallas Stars (1993-94). He and his wife, Debbie, have two children, a daughter, Allison and a son, Ryan.
Mike Kelly enters his second season as assistant coach of the Florida Panthers.
Kelly, 54, spent the last four seasons working with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, serving as head coach and general manager (2012-2013) and director of hockey operations/associate head coach (2009-2012). Working alongside Gallant, the duo led the Sea Dogs to three first-place finishes, three league final appearances, two QMJHL championships (2011 & 2012) and one Memorial Cup (2011).
Prior to working in Saint John, Kelly spent three years with the Vancouver Canucks organization (2005-2008) as an assistant coach with both the Canucks and the Manitoba Moose (American Hockey League). At the major junior level, Kelly has experience in both coaching and management with the Brandon Wheat Kings (Western Hockey League), North Bay Centennials (Ontario Hockey League) and Windsor Spitfires (OHL).
Kelly also led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2003 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, serving as head coach. He was also an assistant on Team Canada’s coaching staff at the IIHF World Junior Championship from 2000-2002.
Allen spent the last three seasons with the Panthers organization, most recently serving as head coach of Florida’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Portland Pirates (2016). Allen served as assistant coach in Portland (2015-16) as well as San Antonio (2013-15) under Panthers General Manager Tom Rowe.
The 49 year-old New Bedford, Massachusetts native began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the ECHL’s Johnstown Chiefs in 1996-97. Allen was named the team’s Head Coach midway through the 1997-98 season at the age of 31. He spent five seasons as Johnstown’s Head Coach and helped Chiefs reach the playoffs in his final three seasons.
Allen joined the San Antonio Rampage for his first AHL coaching assignment in the 2002-03 season. He took over as the team’s Head Coach for the final 15 games of the regular season and playoffs after Head Coach John Torchetti (now Head Coach of Iowa Wild) was promoted to an Assistant Coach position with the Florida Panthers. He reassumed the Assistant Coaching duties for the 2002-03 season, but would once again be called on as the Head Coach after Steve Ludzik was named a Panthers’ Assistant Coach only 12 games into the 2003-04 season.
In 2004-05, Allen joined the coaching staff of the Lowell Lock Monsters under Rowe. After his one year in Lowell, Allen moved on to become the Assistant Coach of the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights from 2005-07, the Quad City Flames from 2007-09 before being hired as an Assistant Coach with the New York Islanders for the 2009-10 season. He served three seasons on the Islanders’ bench.
After leaving Long Island, Allen moved into the St. Louis Blues organization, where he served as an Assistant Coach for their AHL affiliates, the Peoria Rivermen in 2012-13 and the Chicago Wolves in 2013-14.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Allen enjoyed a ten year playing career as a forward in the All American Hockey League, the Atlantic Coast Hockey League, the Colonial Hockey League, the ECHL, and the CHL.
Allen and his wife Traci are the proud parents of daughters Mackenzie and Camryn.
Robb Tallas enters his seventh season as a member of the Florida Panthers coaching staff.
Throughout his 13-year playing career, Tallas appeared in 99 career National Hockey League games with the Boston Bruins (1995-2000) and Chicago Blackhawks (2000-01).
The Edmonton, Alberta native also serves as a hockey instructor at the Florida Panthers official practice facility, Florida Panthers IceDen and has previously worked with several NHL goalies. He also has participated as an instructor at the Panthers goaltending schools, while conducting one-on-one goaltending classes with aspiring goaltenders. Additionally, he serves as an active member of the Florida Panthers Alumni Association.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Tommy Powers enters his second season with the Florida Panthers after spending two seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes as the team’s Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Before working in the NHL he worked for Human Dynamix in Calgary, where he provided personal and specialized training for NHL, AHL, NCAA and Major Junior hockey players. Also under his direction were several Olympic, professional, and elite amateur athletes from figure skating, tennis, golf, and skiing.
Prior to joining Human Dynamix, the 29-year-old Powers was a defenseman for the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks of Hockey East from 2006-09. He served as the team’s assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2009.
A native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Powers earned a degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 2009. His certifications include: CSCS, CES, PES, and Level IV Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Practitioner by Innovative Body Solutions.
Cruz enters his second season as a Video Coordinator of the Panthers. Cruz previously spent the 2013-14 season with the team interning as an assistant video coach. Cruz played 2 years of junior hockey in the Eastern Junior Hockey League before cutting his playing short to begin working with the team at age 19.