BOUCHERVILLE, Que. – Summerside native Gerard (Turk) Gallant will soon become a member of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Hall of Fame.
Gallant (player-coach), Patrice Brisebois (player), Jean-Luc Phaneuf (player) and Normand Caisse (official) will be inducted in Montreal on April 2, 2014. The QMJHL announced this year’s inductees in a media release on Monday morning.
“The young man from the Maritimes always showed great qualities, including leadership; he was a top-notch team player,” read the media release.
Gallant, who began his coaching career with the Summerside Western Capitals of the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) during the 1995-96 season, is an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens.
Gallant’s association with the QMJHL goes back to 1980, when he was a 10th-round draft choice of the Sherbrooke Castors. He had a tremendous rookie season with 101 points, including 41 goals, in 68 games.
Gallant holds several QMJHL records, including the three fastest goals by the same player in a playoff game. He accomplished the feat in two minutes four seconds on March 23, 1983.
Gallant and teammate Pat LaFontaine led the league with 33 and 35 points, respectively, in the 1983 playoffs. Gallant scored 14 goals in 15 games and spent 86 minutes in the penalty box.
Gallant, who was always quick to stick up for teammates, went on to record 321 points and 706 penalty minutes in three seasons.
Gallant is the only individual to win the President’s Cup four times – twice as a player and twice as a head coach. He won as a player with Sherbrooke in 1982 and Verdon in 1983, and coached the Saint John Sea Dogs to back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012.
In his three seasons in Saint John, which also included a trip to the President’s Cup final against Moncton in 2010, Gallant accumulated the regular-season’s best career coaching winning percentage – .791. He was twice named the QMJHL’s coach of the year in 2010 and 2011. The Sea Dogs won the 2011 Memorial Cup.
Gallant recorded 480 points in 615 regular-season NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning. In four consecutive seasons from 1986 to 1990, Gallant scored at least 30 goals, including a career-high 93 points (39 goals) in 1988-89.