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Renney brings wealth of hockey experience to new job at Hockey Canada

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 2:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Renney brings wealth of hockey experience to new job at Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada chose a hockey man for its top position by hiring longtime coach Tom Renney as president and CEO.

Renney, 59, was named to the post at a news conference Tuesday in Calgary. He replaces Bob Nicholson, who resigned earlier this year after being in charge at Hockey Canada for more than 15 years.

The Cranbrook, B.C., native spent parts of eight seasons as an NHL head coach from 1996 through 2012 and most recently was an associate on Mike Babcock's staff with the Detroit Red Wings.

"This is not only an honour for myself, but it is all that and more for my family," said Renney. "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."

Jim Hornell, chairman of Hockey Canada's board of directors, said in a statement he was "thrilled" with the hiring of Renney.

"It was a very thorough process, and we were overwhelmed by the quality of the candidates interested in leading Hockey Canada going forward," Hornell said. "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."

Renney doesn't have much of a business background, but his resume goes beyond coaching. He spent time as director of player personnel and vice president of player development for the New York Rangers.

Renney's hockey acumen is at the centre of the hiring, and those around the sport laud him for his experience and connections. In the past 23 years he has been head coach of the WHL's Kamloops Blazers, Team Canada (including the 1994 Olympics), the Vancouver Canucks, Rangers and Edmonton Oilers.

Nicholson resigned in April after 15 years as Hockey Canada's president and CEO and last month was named vice chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group.

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