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Quinn named Senior Hockey Advisor; Renney assumes head coaching duties

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
Pat Quinn, Oilers Senior Hockey Advisor
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have continued with their organizational restructuring.  Pat Quinn has been appointed the club’s new Senior Hockey Advisor. Tom Renney will take over the Oilers Head Coaching duties.

After spending one season behind the bench as the Oilers’ Head Coach, Quinn, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, will now serve as the club’s Senior Hockey Advisor. This is a newly developed role under Tambellini’s revamped organizational structure.

General Manager Steve Tambellini commented, “It goes without saying how valuable Pat Quinn is to our organization and we will continue to rely heavily on Pat’s experience as we move forward with rebuilding this franchise. Pat will make a strong contribution throughout our system – no question.”

Quinn came to Edmonton with an extensive coaching resume which included over 1300 regular season games, 92 playoff games, two Stanley Cup Final appearances and two Jack Adams Awards as the National Hockey League’s Coach-of-the-Year (1979-80 with the Philadelphia Flyers and 1991-92 with the Vancouver Canucks). 

Over a nine-year NHL career, Quinn played 606 games, scoring 18 goals and 113 assists for 131 points, while collecting 950 penalty minutes. He also played 11 NHL playoff games recording one assist and 21 penalty minutes. 

Tom Renney, Oilers Head Coach

Tom Renney becomes the 10th head coach in franchise history, after joining the Oilers as an Associate Coach for the 2009-10 season.

Prior to joining the Oilers, the Cranbrook, British Columbia native spent five seasons as Head Coach of the New York Rangers. His tenure with the Rangers organization began as Director of Player Personnel before being promoted to Vice-President of Player Development in 2002. Renney was appointed Head Coach with 20 games left in the 2003–04 season. He led the Rangers into the postseason in each of his first three campaigns following the 2004–05 NHL lockout.

“Tom Renney’s track record not only speaks for itself, but it also speaks volumes about what type of person he is. He is a tireless worker who cares about this organization,” stated Tambellini. “Tom is so well respected among his peers in the National Hockey League and throughout the international hockey circles thanks to his dedication and success at so many different levels.”

Renney began his coaching career in 1990-91 with the Western Hockey League’s Kamloops Blazers. He guided the Blazers to consecutive President’s Cup championships as WHL champions and captured a Memorial Cup title in 1992. During his two seasons with the Blazers, he compiled a .714 winning percentage (101-37-6), which ranks first in CHL history and was named WHL Coach of the Year in 1990-91.

Following his junior coaching career, Renney joined Hockey Canada in 1992, where he began coaching the Canadian National Team. He guided Canada to a silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Renney continued to represent his country, working on Team Canada's coaching staff at the 2004 (Gold) and 2005 (Silver) World Hockey Championships. In total, Tom Renney has coached in a range of capacities in 10 World Championships, capturing two gold, four silver and one bronze medal.

Edmonton Oilers hockey is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial, TELUS, Cenovus Energy and Ford.

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