November 15, 2016
At its annual general meeting in British Columbia next year, the CCAA will induct the 2017 Hall of Fame class. Of those eligible for induction who have had a long lasting impact on the BC college scene, one is a conference and national record holder who has coached teams to provincial, national and world titles.
At the age of 25 in 1976, Terry Bangen became the head coach of the Cariboo College Chiefs and guided the Kamloops based team to a conference record nine hockey championships in 11 seasons behind the bench between 1976 and 1989. In 1987, the CCAA Coaching Award of Excellence recipient became the second coach in CCAA history to make a record five consecutive appearances at nationals. He also was assistant athletic director at Cariboo for 19 years.
The native of Grande Prairie, Alberta then served as an assistant coach for six years under head coaches Tom Renney, Ken Hitchcock and Don Hay (1989-95) with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League on three Memorial Cup champions.
Bangen was an assistant coach with the 1996 World Junior Champions - Team Canada while head coach of the McGill University Redmen.
He then joined the Vancouver Canucks as an assistant coach for two seasons before reuniting with Don Hay as an assistant coach with the Tri City Americans.
A five year association began with Hockey Canada in 2000. He was general manager of the gold medal Under 18 Team at the Ivan Hlincka Cup in 2001.
He then returned to the Americans as assistant general manager and director of player personnel for five years before becoming senior advisor to hockey operations for five years.
The Grande Prairie Hockey Legends inductee rejoined the Kamloops Blazers as an assistant coach under head coach Don Hay in 2015.