VANCOUVER — The Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants have dipped into the B.C. Hockey League and hired Surrey Eagles coach Matt Erhart to replace Glen Hanlon as Don Hay's new assistant. Erhart, a 34-year-old Delta native, is a former Eagles defenceman who went on to play NCAA hockey for Connecticut's Quinnipiac Bobcats.
Erhart first joined the Eagles coaching staff as an assistant in 2009-10 and then served as head coach for the past three seasons. He led the Eagles to the BCHL title in 2012-13. The Eagles quickly replaced Erhart with former Vancouver Canucks winger Peter Schaefer, who will now carry the titles of president, general manager and head coach. Schaefer joined the Eagles last season as an assistant to Erhart. Hanlon left the Giants after two seasons to become head coach of the Belarus national team.
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