Gerard Gallant has been confirmed as the first head coach of NHL expansion team the Vegas Golden Knights.
Gallant was a coach of the year finalist in 2015-16 after securing a division title for the Florida Panthers with the best regular-season record in franchise history as they finished with 103 points.
But he was fired by the Panthers in November and now takes over a team that will take shape in June with the expansion draft and the NHL Draft, in which the Golden Knights have a 10 percent chance in the lottery of winning the first overall pick and are guaranteed a first-round selection no lower than sixth overall.
"There is a great deal of excitement in the hockey community regarding what is happening with the Golden Knights," Gallant said.
"Being named the first head coach in Vegas Golden Knights history is such a tremendous opportunity and one I am extremely grateful for."