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PANTHERS COACHING STAFF
 

GERARD GALLANT

Head Coach

Gerard Gallant was named the 13th head coach of the Florida Panthers on June 21, 2014.

Gallant, 50, who at one time was the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, spent the last two years (2012-2014) serving 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.

 

JOHN MADDEN

Assistant Coach

Madden, 40, returned to the Panthers this season as a pro scout after helping the team win the 2011-2012 Southeast Division Championship. Throughout his 13-year playing career, Madden played for New Jersey (1998-2004 & 2005-2009), Chicago (2009-2010), Minnesota (2010-2011) and Florida (2011-2012), earning three Stanley Cup titles (New Jersey 2000 & 2003) and Chicago (2010). 

The Toronto, Ontario, native played in 898 career NHL games, recording 348 points (165-183-348) and 219 PIM. He was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2001. After his retirement in 2012, Madden spent one year with the Montreal Canadiens (2012-2013) serving on their scouting staff.

 

MIKE KELLY

Assistant Coach

Mike Kelly was named assistant coach with the Florida Panthers on July 7, 2014.

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.


MARK MORRIS

Assistant Coach

Mark Morris was named assistant coach with the Florida Panthers on July 7, 2014.

Morris, 56, has spent the last eight seasons as head coach of the Manchester Monarchs (AHL), earning a record of 338-224-66 in the regular season and 35-50 in the postseason. He owns Manchester’s record for most games coached (552), regular season wins (338) and post-season wins (35), while his teams have advanced to the playoffs seven out of eight years under his guidance. The Monarchs posted a 48-19-2-6 mark during the 2013-2014 season, including a franchise-low in losses, while winning the AHL’s Eastern Conference Championship.

A majority of Morris’ coaching career was spent behind the bench with the Clarkson Golden Knights (Eastern Athletic Conference). Hired by Clarkson in 1988, Morris compiled an overall record of 306-156-42 in 504 regular season games and a playoff record of 39-19-1. His teams have appeared in nine NCAA tournaments and one Frozen Four. He is the winningest coach in the history of Clarkson University and the only coach to win more than 300 games at each of the professional and collegiate levels.

Before working in Manchester, Morris began his professional hockey coaching career when he served as the special assistant coach/interim strength and conditioning coach for the Vancouver Canucks. Morris also served as an interim assistant coach for the Saginaw Spirit (OHL).

 

ROBB TALLAS

Goaltending Coach

Robb Tallas enters his fifth 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, Saveology.com Iceplex 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.
 

JASON CIPOLLA

Video Coach

Jason Cipolla enters his first season with the club as the team’s Video Coach.

The former San Antonio Rampage and Rochester Americans assistant also brings 12 seasons of playing experience to the job, having appeared in 701 career games between North America and Europe. He won one championship in his career, capturing the 1997 Kelly Cup Championship with the South Carolina Stingrays.

The former Yale University standout spent the majority of his career in the American Hockey League with the St. John’s Maple Leafs, Rochester Americans and Manitoba Moose. Cipolla played in 299 AHL games and registered 62 goals and 102 assists. Cipolla, a Toronto, Ontario native, spent the last four seasons of his playing career in Europe (2002-05), which included a stint with Team Canada in the 2003 Swiss Challenge Cup. In 2002-03, Cipolla split his first season with Lukko Rauma of the Finnish Elite League and Iserlohn of the German Elite League (DEL). He spent the entire 2003-04 season with the Iserlohn Roosters before signing with Hannover in 2004-05. Cipolla ended his playing days with the Hannover Scorpions (2004-05 and 2005-06) and recorded 24 goals and 19 assists in 98 games

Jason and his wife, Kristin, have two daughters, Isabelle and Ava, and a son, Alexander.

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PAUL VINCENT

Skating & Skills Coach

Paul Vincent enters his second season as the club’s Skating & Skills coach. Vincent servied in a similar capacity with the team from 2002-2004.

Vincent brings to the organization more than 35 years of experience working with teams in the National Hockey League, the American Hockey League, ECHL, NCAA, as well as preparatory schools. He has also worked in similar capacity with the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils.

The native of Beverly, MA spent 10 years as the skating and skills coach with Boston College from 1981- 1991 and from 1981-1986 served as a consultant for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute He has also worked in a consultant role with Harvard University, Northeastern University, Providence, Brown, Dartmouth and the University of Massachusetts.

 

STEVE SHIELDS

Goaltending Consultant

Steve Shields enters his first season as the club’s goaltending consultant.

Shields spent 10 years in the National Hockey League, appearing in 246 games for Buffalo (1996-1997), San Jose (1998-2001), Anaheim (2001-2002), Boston (2002-2003), Florida (2003-2004) and Atlanta (2005-2006).

The Toronto, Ontario native was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the fifth round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

 
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