Ryan McGill named Golden Knights third assistant coach

Vegas Golden Knights announced on Thursday, that the team has hired Ryan McGill as the third assistant coach.

McGill joins Mike Kelly and Ryan Craig on Vegas Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant’scoaching staff.

“We are very excited we were able to land Ryan as an assistant coach,” said Vegas Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant. “We’ve got a nice blend of personalities on the bench and in the room now. Ryan has an impressive resume and a great reputation amongst the players and coaches who have worked with him.”

McGill, 48, joins the Golden Knights after most recently serving as the head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Owen Sound Attack for the last two seasons. He led the Attack to an overall record of 49-15-4 for a franchise best 102 points last season, which was good for the second-most points in the league. Over his two years with the club, McGill compiled a record of 81-42-10-5 and helped guide the team to its first Conference Final berth since the Attack won the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 2010-11 and was named both the Ontario Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League’s Coach of the Year in 2016-17.

Prior to coaching the Attack, McGill spent time as the head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice. It was his second stint with the Ice, as he was team’s head coach from 1998-2002 and led them to a Memorial Cup title in 2002. In 2009, McGill was named an assistant coach for the Calgary Flames after four years as the head coach of the Flames’ American Hockey League primary affiliate team in Quad City and Omaha. He was also the head coach of the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack from 2003-05.

The Sherwood Park, Alberta native played in 151 NHL games between 1991-95 before his career was cut short by injury. McGill scored four goals and recorded 15 assists for 19 points and 391 penalty minutes in those 151 games. He suited up and made his NHL debut for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1991-92, also playing for the Philadelphia Flyers from 1992-95 and the Edmonton Oilers from 1994-95.

He was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round, 29th overall, of the 1987 NHL Draft.

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