VANCOUVER - After two seasons as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Giants, Glen Hanlon has left the Western Hockey League club for a head coaching position overseas, possibly with the Belarus national team.
In an interview 10 days ago, Hanlon expressed an interest in once again calling his own shots behind a bench. His named was linked to the job in Belarus just days after the conclusion of the world championship held in Sweden and Finland.
“Yes, of course, I want to be a head coach again," Hanlon said at the time. "I kind of like where I am but if I was fortunate enough to have something presented to me, I'd have to look at it. In coaching, there are not opportunities coming by your door every day. I mean, that just doesn't happen. So if something is right for me, I'd certainly be crazy not to look at it."
Hanlon, 56, has been a head coach in the NHL with the Washington Capitals and was a long-time assistant with the Canucks. He's also been a head coach in the KHL with Dynamo Minsk and with the Belarus national squad.
Hanlon admitted when he took the Giants' position two years ago, he was doing so for family reasons to be "a better dad" to his son Jackson. He lives in Point Roberts, Wash., just a short commute to the Giants' training facility in Ladner.
"Two years ago, and maybe as little as a year ago, I wouldn't have been (ready) because there were things that needed to be taken of ," Hanlon explained. "But we feel pretty good about where we are at home. Right now, I'm in a good space so I'm not sitting here every day picking up the phone to find a job. But I love coaching and I want to continue my coaching career."
Giants general manaer Scott Bonner gave a nod of gratitude to Hanlon for his contribution to the organization.
"Glen is a great person and coach,” Bonner said in the release announcing Hanlon's departure. “He did a great job when Don Hay went to the world junior championships and we were lucky to keep him around for two years. We'd like to wish Glen all the best with his new job."
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