Fred MacDonald

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ISBN: 9781773661155


One of the NHL's Great Coaches: From Summerside to Madison Square Garden

  Author:   Fred MacDonald    
  Publisher:  Acorn Press

The New York Rangers headed into the 2021-22 regular NHL season with a head coach determined to make the Blueshirts a Stanley Cup contender. That coach was Gerard “Turk” Gallant.

The Prince Edward Island-born Turk Gallant has had an extraordinary hockey career. He led Team Canada to a gold medal at the IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia, in 2021. Before that, in 2017-18, he led the Vegas Golden Knights, in their inaugural season, to the Stanley Cup finals. That year, he also won the Jack Adams Award, presented annually by the NHL Broadcasters Association “to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success.” Despite this incredible achievement, Turk was fired from the Golden Knights. Similarly, Turk had been fired by the Florida Panthers in 2016, despite having led that team to a franchise record in number of points and been a finalist for the Jack Adams Award that year, leaving many fans scratching their heads.

NY Rangers GM Chris Drury saw Turk’s experience as an asset. With his nine years of head coaching in the NHL, Turk was hired to lead the Rangers’ young team to new heights throughout the 2021-22 season. And that he did. Under Turk’s leadership, the Rangers went from young underdogs to the Stanley Cup playoffs!

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781773661155
Item AC0213
PublisherAcorn Press
PublisherAcorn Press
Published on July 30 2024
Language ENG
Pages 220
Format Paperback
Dimensions9(in) x 6(in)
Shipping weight0(g)
Fred "Fiddler" MacDonald is the son of James L. Fiddler MacDonald who was a university athlete and a baseball pitcher. He married Patricia Bradley before joining the Canadian Army and serving at the Battle of Blenheim, 1945. After the war, Fiddler Senior worked at various jobs until finding full-time employment with Canada Post until his retirement. He and Pat had 14 children; a crib death resulted in raising 13 children, seven boys and six girls. This is their story as well as the story of a post-war East Coast city and the burgeoning sports teams of the area.