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Ex-Capitals head coach Hanlon named GM of WHL’s Vancouver Giants

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PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Head Coach Glen Hanlon of the Washington Capitals watches the play from the bench in a NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers on September 26, 2007 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Capitals 2 to 1. (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

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Former Washington Capitals head coach Glen Hanlon has taken a new job -- managing the Vancouver Giants in the Western Hockey League.

Hanlon, who coached the Capitals from 2003 to 2007, was officially introduced as the Giants’ new general manager on Thursday. The Giants had also been working to land former Penguins coach Mike Johnston and had also been linked in rumors to former NHL bench boss Marc Crawford.

Hanlon’s record behind the Capitals bench was 78-122-9-30. He also previously coached the Swiss national team, but his tenure was short-lived, as both parties agreed to part ways in October of 2015.

“Ron Toigo (Giants owner) was very honest with me,” Hanlon told Postmedia. “He told me that they didn’t want to make any mistakes and they were going to interview anyone they thought was a legitimate candidate.

“In the midst of that, I went and tried to get my name in the hunt for other jobs. You have to do that. There are so many good coaches out there, so many good managers. There are so many good head scouts that want to get into management. You can’t sit on the sidelines and wait for things to happen. But this job was my first choice.”