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Head Coach

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.


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.



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.



Goaltending Coach

Robb Tallas enters his sixth 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.


Strength & Conditioning Coach

Tommy Powers enters his first 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.


Skating & Skills Coach

Paul Vincent enters his third season as the club’s Skating & Skills coach. Vincent served 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.



Video Coordinator

Cruz, 20, is in his first season as a Video Coordinator of the Panthers after spending last 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.
A native of South Florida, Cruz played and trained locally at the Florida Panthers practice facility. Spending multiple seasons as a Florida JR Panther, Cruz also trained under current Panthers Goalie Coach Robb Tallas.

Cruz resides in Weston, FL




1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01

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