Wednesday, Mar. 9th, 2005

Glen Hanlon Named Head Coach for Team Belarus

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Washington Capitals head coach Glen Hanlon has been named the head coach for the Belarusian national team that will compete in the 2005 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships. The 16-team international tournament will take place from April 30 through May 15 in Vienna and Innsbruck, Austria.

Belarus, which has been ranked 13th in the world by the IIHF for the past two years, finished in first place at last year's Division 1, Group A, IIHF World Championships in Norway. The team's victory elevated it to this year's main tournament. At the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Belarus earned fourth place, finishing behind only Canada, the United States and Russia.

"It's going to be a lot of work and a lot of fun," Hanlon said. "I am really looking forward to it."

Hanlon, a native of Brandon, Manitoba, was named the Capitals head coach Dec. 10, 2003, after serving as an assistant coach for two seasons. Prior to joining the Capitals, Hanlon served as head coach for the team's top minor-league affiliate, the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League, for three seasons. He also has eight seasons of coaching experience with the Vancouver Canucks, serving as an assistant coach and goaltending coach from 1991-99.

Hanlon, 48, has previous international coaching experience, serving as an assistant for the Canadian national team at the 1998 IIHF World Championships in Switzerland.