Tom Renney was named president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada on Tuesday.
The 59-year-old had been an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings the previous two seasons.
In his new role he will oversee all facets of the organization, including hockey development programs, high performance programs, corporate sales, events and marketing, licensing, insurance and regulations, membership services, operations and communications.
"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."
Renney previously worked as vice president of hockey operations with Hockey Canada from 1997-99. He was coach of the Vancouver Canucks (1996-97), New York Rangers (2004-09) and Edmonton Oilers (2010-12).
He has international experience, coaching Canada to a silver medal at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, a silver medal at the 1999 IIHF World Junior Championship. He coached Canada at the 2000 IIHF World Championship, and was an assistant coach for Canada at the 2004 and 2005 World Championships.
"On behalf of the board of directors, I am thrilled with the addition of Tom Renney as Hockey Canada's president and chief executive officer," said Jim Hornell, chairman of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors. "It was a very thorough process and we were overwhelmed by the quality of the candidates interested in leading Hockey Canada going forward. In Tom, we have an individual with great experience at all levels of the game as well as a strong passion for hockey development. 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 replaces Bob Nicholson, who resigned in June after 16 years.