CALGARY -- Veteran coach Terry Bangen of Grande Prairie, AB, has been added to the coaching staff of Canada's National Junior Team for the 1998 World Junior Championship as an assistant to head man Réal Paiement, the Canadian Hockey Association's vice-president, hockey operations, Bob Nicholson announced Monday.
Bangen, 47, replaces Rick Carriere, who withdrew from the position after recently taking a job as head coach with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League. Carriere began the season as head coach with the Red Deer Rebels, but was dismissed in early November.
Bangen has a lengthy resume of achievements with Canadian Hockey's national and regional teams high-performance programs. In 1996 he was an assistant to Marcel Comeau with the gold medal-winning National Junior Team at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Massachusetts. He also worked with Comeau as an assistant coach with the gold medal-winning National Under-18 Team at the 1994 Mexico Cup.
In addition, Bangen twice was an assistant coach with Team Pacific in the Under-17 Teams program and has participated in Olympic festivals in Calgary and St-Jérome, QC.
For the past year and-a-half, Bangen was an assistant coach under Tom Renney with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. Before that, Bangen served as head coach of the McGill Redmen of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union for a season (1995-96), guiding the team to a 15-9-2 won-lost-tied record and second place in their division.
Prior to that, Bangen served as an assistant coach for six years under head coaches Renney, Ken Hitchcock and Don Hay (1989-95) with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. During that time, the Blazers win three Memorial Cup championships.
Bangen will join Peter DeBoer, head coach of the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, as assistants to Paiement. The selection camp for the National Junior Team will be held in Kitchener, ON from Dec. 12 - 17 and the World Junior Championship runs from Dec. 25 - Jan. 3 in Helsinki, Finland. Canada will be defending the title it has won for the last five straight years.