Hanlon to coach Slovakian hockey team

Former NHL goaltender Glen Hanlon has been named the new head coach of Slovakia's national hockey team.

Former NHL goaltender and head coach Glen Hanlon has been named the new coach of Slovakia's national hockey team.

The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation said Wednesday that Hanlon has been given a four-year contract until the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The 53-year-old Canadian becomes the first foreigner to coach the team. He replaces Jan Filc, who led Slovakia to fourth place at the Vancouver Olympics and to its only world championship title, in 2002.

Hanlon will guide the team at the world championships in May in Germany.

Hanlon has been working as a scout with the Vancouver Canucks since being dismissed as head coach for the Belarus national team in November, just three months before the Olympics.

Hanlon parted ways with the country's hockey federation shortly after being fired as coach of Dynamo Minsk, the KHL team located in Belarus.

Hanlon had guided Belarus to a respectable sixth-place showing at the 2009 world championships.

The Brandon, Man., native had a 49-89-9 record coaching Washington between 2003 and 2007. During his playing career he made 477 appearances in net for Vancouver, Detroit, St. Louis and the New York Rangers.

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