Giants assistant coach Glen Hanlon shows skills as a hockey analyst
Duties on Canucks TV website during NHL playoffs could lead to opportunities
While Glen Hanlon is happy at his current job, the Giants assistant coach earned praise for some NHL playoff post-game thoughts on the Canucks TV website.
Photograph by: GLENN BAGLO, Vancouver Sun
Vancouver Giants assistant coach Glen Hanlon isn’t applying for a job or looking for more work. He’s quite happy in his present role reporting to Don Hay with what Hanlon refers to as “one of the best hockey organizations anywhere in the world.”
The former NHL goaltender can speak with authority, having played with the Canucks, St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings before moving into the coaching ranks in the AHL (Portland), NHL (Washington) and KHL (Finland, Belarus, Slovakia).
Along the way, Hanlon did countless radio and television interviews but never appeared in front of a camera as an analyst. Not until former Giants play-by-play broadcaster Joey Kenward, now host of the Canucks TV website broadcasts, invited Hanlon to be his post-game guest for the two San Jose playoff games at Rogers Arena.
“Everything we did was unrehearsed and on the fly,” Kenward says. “Glen was awesome; a natural. There’s no doubt in my mind he would have a bright future as an NHL television analyst if he ever chose to go in that direction.”
Kenward made the comment at the Giants’ Tuesday morning media roll call with Hanlon within earshot. “I have to admit, I enjoyed it and felt completely comfortable,” said the redhead who was referred to as ‘Carrot’ by his teammates during his playing days. “It’s a tough adjustment for a pro athlete to find employment at the end of his career. I know I spent a lot of sleepless nights wondering and worrying what I’d do. I still love coaching.”
Television producers take note: There’s nothing to say he couldn’t handle both.
HERE ’N’ THERE: The hockey world lost one of its great characters with the passing last week of Kevin (Crusher) Conway at age 83. Conway was a proud member of the 1955 world champion Penticton Vees, voted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1976. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m. from St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Penticton. Wife Deena says it best: “To be his friend meant you had a special spot in his huge heart.”
SHORT HOPS: Smart move by the BC Sports Hall of Fame Board of Trustees to promote from within by elevating the positions of Allison Mailer and Jason Beck. With CEO Sue Griffin having left for Tennis BC, Mailer and Beck are more than capable of taking on new executive roles with the Hall of Fame.
END ZONE: Ryan Lochte, 11-time U.S. Olympic swimming medallist (five gold, three silver, three bronze) and star of his own reality show on the E! Network, will no doubt be the headliner at the Mel Zajac Jr. International Canada Cup Swim Meet at the UBC Aquatic Centre May 24-26. Canadian Olympians Tera Van Beilen and Savannah King from UBC will also be competing in the Zajac as they prepare for the 2013 world championships in Barcelona beginning July 19.
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