Tom Renney has been named Hockey Canada’s new president and chief executive officer, the organization announced Tuesday.
"In Tom, we have an individual with great experience at all levels of the game, as well as a strong passion for hockey development," board of directors chairman Jim Hornell said, according Hockey Canada’s website. "Tom understands and has demonstrated the value of teamwork and capacity building. We are confident his leadership will be essential in working with staff, volunteers, participants, partners and sponsors in facing the challenges ahead for our organization, from grassroots through to our national programs."
Renney, whose duties range from supervising development programs to directing corporate sales, is hardly new to the country’s governing body for ice hockey. He was the head coach of the men’s national team from 1992-94 (winning a silver medal in 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer)and the vice president of hockey ops from ’97-99. He was also Canada’s head coach at the 1999 world junior championship, where the team finished second.
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In addition to his international experience, Renney is a former head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers, compiling a 260-255-9-68 record over nine seasons. With the Rangers, he also was director of player personnel and vice president of player development.
He has spent the last two seasons as an associate coach with the Detroit Red Wings under head coach Mike Babcock.
Renney succeeds former Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson, who resigned June 1 after holding the position since 1998. Nicholson has since been named vice chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group.
“This is not only an honor for myself, but it is all that and more for my family,” Renney said. “We are thrilled to be joining this great organization. I am excited to dedicate my efforts to grassroots, development and high performance hockey with a volunteer base second to none in the world.”