Shamrock native Mike Kelly will be joining fellow Islander Gerard "Turk" Gallant behind the Florida Panthersâ bench this season.
Kelly and Mark Morris were named assistant coaches by the NHLâteam on Monday.
Gallant, a native of Summerside, was named head coach on June 21, replacing Peter Horachek.Assistant coach John Madden and goaltending coach Robb Tallas round out the staff. Brian Skrudland returns to his role as director of player development.âWe are pleased to welcome Mike and Mark to our coaching staff,â said Panthersâ general manager Dale Tallon. âThey bring to our club a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience, and will be the perfect fit to work together with Gerard, John and Robb. âI would also like to sincerely thank Brian for his hard work and dedication, after stepping in last season to serve as an assistant coach. We are happy to have him return to his previous role and oversee the growth and development of our prospects.âKelly, 54, spent the past four seasons working with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, serving as coach and general manager (2012-2013) and director of hockey operations/associate coach (2009-2012). Working alongside Gallant, the two led the Sea Dogs to three first-place finishes, three league final appearances, two QMJHL championships (2011 and 2012) and one Memorial Cup (2011).Morris, 56, spent the past eight seasons as coach of the Manchester Monarchs in the American Hockey League, compiling a record of 338-224-66 in the regular season and 35-50 in the postseason. He owns Manchesterâs record for most games coached (552), regular-season wins (338) and postseason wins (35), and his teams advanced to the playoffs seven out of eight seasons.(From NHL.com)