LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Vegas Golden Knights are making coaching changes, announcing Wednesday that former San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer will replace Gerard Gallant as the team’s head coach.
According to the Knights, Gerard Gallant and Mike Kelly have been relieved of their coaching duties.
“In order for our team to reach its full potential, we determined a coaching change was necessary. Our team is capable of more than we have demonstrated this season,” said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon.
“We would like to thank Gerard and Mike for their service to the Vegas Golden Knights. They were both instrumental to the success we have enjoyed in our first two-plus seasons and we wish them all the best moving forward. In Peter DeBoer, we have a proven, experienced head coach who we believe can help us achieve our ultimate goal. We are excited to welcome Peter and his family to the Vegas Golden Knights organization. We look forward to a strong finish to the 2019-20 season with Peter at the helm and a successful tenure in the seasons to come.”
DeBoer is expected to join the team on Thursday in Ottawa prior to the Golden Knights vs. Senators game at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Knights players appear to have a consensus that this is a wake up call. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said in a tweet posted by the Golden Knights that the players hear the message of Gallant’s firing “loud and clear.”
8 News Now spoke with fans who say they are shocked and upset by the recent news.
“I am kinda disappointed that they got the Sharks coach. I mean, he got fired from there himself so I don’t know how well the city is gonna take to him,” Golden Knights fan Kathleen Craner said.
“Maybe replacement was necessary, to change to a winning streak. But, that replacement, it’s hard, it’s hard,” another fan, Amit Medina, told 8 News Now.