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Vegas adds McGill to Gallant’s coaching staff

Colorado Avalanche v Calgary Flames

CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 28: Assistant Coach Ryan McGill and Adam Pardy #7 of the Calgary Flames look on from the bench area during their game against the Colorado Avalanche on October 28, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Avalanche defeated the Flames 3-2. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

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Ryan McGill, the Owen Sound bench boss that captured both OHL and CHL coach of the year honors, is jumping to the big leagues.

On Thursday, the Vegas Golden Knights announced that McGill would join Gerard Gallant’s staff as an assistant coach, where he’ll serve alongside fellow assistants Mike Kelly and Ryan Craig.

“We are very excited we were able to land Ryan as an assistant coach,” Gallant said in a release. “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, appeared in over 150 games as a defenseman with the Blackhawks, Flyers and Oilers during his playing career. He then immediately transitioned into coaching, and has an absolute boatload of experience. He was a dead coach at the AHL (Hartford, Omaha, Quad City) and WHL (Edmonton, Kootenay) levels, and served as an assistant coach with the Calgary Flames from 2009-11.