Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gerard Gallant
While growing up in Summerside, PEI, Gerard Gallant was always known as one of the most prolific goal scorers in the city's minor hockey system. While playing for the Summerside Crystals of the Junior B league at the age of 16 he netted 60 goals and 115 points in just 45 games. His 90 minutes in penalties also showed he was not going to be bullied out of his game.

In 1980-81 he joined Sherbrooke of the QMJHL and responded with a 48-goal, 101-point season. The next year Gallant was an integral force in leading Sherbrooke into the Memorial Cup, eventually won by the OMJHL's Kitchener Rangers. Gallant was sent to St. Jean for the start of the 1982-83 season, but before it was over he was playing with Verdun and again found himself in the thick of a Memorial Cup championship. However, once again his club came up short on the national stage. During the regular season he had scored 54 goals and 128 points between the two clubs.

Gallant turned pro in 1983-84 with the Adirondack Red Wings. He had been selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft in the sixth round, 107th overall. While playing in Adirondack Gallant continued to show a tenacity that won over the Detroit brass. His 195 minutes in penalties was proof he was up for the rough and tumble NHL and he earned a full-time roster spot with Detroit in 1984-85. Perhaps the low point in his career came that same year when he suffered a broken jaw in a fight against Minnesota's Dirk Graham.

He scored over 70 points four times while a member of the Red Wings and his most productive offensive season came in 1988-89 when he had 39 goals and 93 points to go along with 230 penalty minutes. Detroit's coach at the time, Jacques Demers, said he thought Gallant's penchant for fighting was the only thing holding him back from a 50-goal season

After a successful nine years in Detroit, he inked a free-agent contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1993. He played with the club for parts of two seasons until suffering a career-ending back in jury during a practice in November 1995 as a member of the IHL's Detroit Vipers. Gallant logged 615 games in the NHL, scoring 211 goals and 480 points while accumulating 1,674 minutes in penalties.

Gallant returned to the ranks of professional hockey in the fall of 1999, becoming an assistant coach with the AHL's Louisville Panthers before taking on the same duties with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2001-02. After parts of three seasons as an assistant in Columbus, Gallant became the head coach midway through the 2003-04 season.

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REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Summerside Crystals MJrHL 45 60 55 115 90
1980-81 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 68 41 60 101 220 14 6 13 19 46
1981-82 Sherbrooke Castors QMJHL 58 34 58 92 252 22 14 24 38 82
1981-82 Sherbrooke Castors M-Cup 5 5 3 8 28
1982-83 St-Jean Castors QMJHL 33 28 25 53 129
1982-83 Verdun Juniors QMJHL 29 26 49 75 105 15 14 19 33 86
1982-83 Verdun Juniors M-Cup 4 3 1 4 23
1983-84 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 77 31 33 64 195 7 1 3 4 34
1984-85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 32 6 12 18 66 +9 3 0 0 0 11
1984-85 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 46 18 29 47 131
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 20 19 39 106 -10
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 38 34 72 216 -5 16 8 6 14 43
1987-88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 34 39 73 242 +24 16 6 9 15 55
1988-89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 39 54 93 230 +7 6 1 2 3 40
1988-89 Canada WEC-A 8 2 3 5 10
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 36 44 80 254 -6
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 45 10 16 26 111 +6
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 69 14 22 36 187 +16 11 2 2 4 25
1992-93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 10 20 30 188 +20 6 1 2 3 4
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 51 4 9 13 74 -6
1994-95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Atlanta Knights IHL 16 3 3 6 31
1995-96 Detroit Vipers IHL 3 2 1 3 6
NHL Totals 615 211 269 480 1674 58 18 21 39 178


NHL Second All-Star Team (1989) Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 21, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Detroit Vipers (IHL), October 23, 1995.
Suffered career-ending back injury in practice, November 4, 1995.
Named Assistant Coach of Columbus, July 18, 2000.
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