February 15, 2008

Hanlon Headed To Helsinki

According to this article pointed out at Dump 'N Chase (Mike Vogel) and Japer's Rink (Jon Press), former Washington Capitals Head Coach, Glen Hanlon has been hired to be coach Helsinki Jokerit for the 2008 - 2009 season. Hanlon apparently signed his one year deal in Helsinki, Finland last weekend on his way back from Minsk. He has been coaching the Belarus national team, who he had also previously coached before taking over in Washington.
Glen had accepted a job as a scout for the Capitals after being fired as Head Coach back in November, 2007. He no doubt welcomes the challenge of running another European team. He has said he loves international ice hockey.
I've always really liked Glen Hanlon. By all accounts, Glen is a truely good man and nice person. He is a great coach. It's a shame he had to get fired in order to help motivate the young Capitals players. I wish things had worked out for him in Washington.
Good luck, Glen!

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