The Executive Committee of the Slovak Ice Hockey Association (SZĽH) on May 18 dismissed Glen Hanlon as the national team’s head coach, the TASR newswire reported.
The Canadian national, whose contract was due to last until 2014, had his tenure ended early following the team's poor showing at the 2011 World Championship held in Slovakia, TASR wrote.
Hanlon announced the news to journalists after leaving the room even before the committee session was over. He told the media that he was finished and would look for a new job. Hanlon became the head coach of Slovakia's national team in the spring of 2010. This followed the resignation of Ján Filc who coached the team during its 4th place showing at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Hanlon led the Slovak team at the 2010 World Championship in Cologne, Germany, where it finished in a disappointing 12th place. An improvement to tenth at the 2011 World Championships in Bratislava was widely viewed as a failure, given that the Slovak team had many stars on its roster, TASR wrote.
Hanlon said in a brief interview with the Sme daily that he was disappointed but not angry, that he understood the arguments of the committee but nevertheless probably would make the same crucial decisions the same way he did at the championship. He added that he had appreciated working with Slovak team and was optimistic regarding his future career.
Source: TASR, Sme
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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19. May 2011 at 10:00