Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Hanlon Returns to Wheat City

Glen Hanlon
Wednesday night's game between the Brandon Wheat Kings and Vancouver Giants at Westman Communications Group Place will mark the return of Brandonite Glen Hanlon.

The former NHL player and coach is in his first season as an assistant coach with Vancouver.

Hanlon guested on this week's Monday Sports Talk on CKLQ and said the move was done mainly for family reasons.
"Our son (Jackson) is nine years old, and
had been all over the world," said Hanlon, "We were supposed to head back into Europe a year ago, and he made a decision in his mind that he wasn't happy and he didn't want to go back. I spent the previous year alone over in Europe and that wasn't good. I think when your son is crying out for help and needs something and wants a father around and not a hockey coach that this was certainly driven to get back."

This season is the first time Hanlon has coached at the junior level after nearly two decades of coaching at various levels of the pro game including NHL, AHL and KHL.

"The biggest difference is the stressing and the importance of the education," said Hanlon, "From a hockey standpoint, there hasn't really been any real adjustments at all."

Hanlon will be taking the Giants' head coaching reins next month when Vancouver head coach Don Hay leaves the team to coach Canada's entry at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Meanwhile, Hanlon also talked about being the victim of Wayne Gretzky's first career NHL goal on his appearance on Monday Sports Talk.

"It wasn't a very big moment when it happened because when he scored it, it wasn't Wayne Gretzky, what he is at the end of his career," said Hanlon, "At first, it kind of ticked me off that people we talking about it because as a goalie, getting scored on isn't something you want to be famous for but I've kind of mellowed in my older age and I kind of have some fun with it."

Hanlon, the Wheat Kings' all-time leader in games played, minutes played and saves, also offered some advice for parents who have kids playing goal in minor hockey during his appearance and talked about Bruce Boudreau being relieved of his coaching duties in Washington during Monday Sports Talk.

His entire conversation with myself and Peter Gerlinger can be found here...

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