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Rangers Name Tom Renney Assistant Coach

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Don Maloney, Jim Schoenfeld and Dave Brown Also Gain New Responsibilities

New York Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather announced today that current Rangers Vice President of Player Development, Tom Renney will add Assistant Coach to his title, joining Head Coach Sather and Assistant Coaches Ted Green and Terry O'Reilly. Rangers Vice President of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager Don Maloney will now oversee all amateur and professional scouting operations for the hockey club, assuming some of the season-long responsibilities previously carried out by Renney.

"Tom has been a tremendous asset to the Rangers organization since joining our management team in 2000 and we feel he will excel in this new role as a member of our coaching staff," said Sather. "His work ethic and tactical knowledge of the game will allow him to have a significant impact on our hockey club."

In addition, Jim Schoenfeld has been named General Manager of the Rangers top minor league affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, of the American Hockey League (AHL) where he will be responsible for all hockey-related issues regarding the team. Dave Brown has been elevated to Rangers Head Pro Scout.

"Jim Schoenfeld brings a wealth of experience and will play a significant role in the development and maturation of the young players in our organization," said Sather. "I am confident that Jim will continue the strong winning tradition that we have established with the Wolf Pack and will be an asset to the Hartford community."

Renney, 48, will be assuming his second coaching position in the National Hockey League. From June, 1996 through November, 1997, he served as Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks. Renney joined the Rangers on July 31, 2000 as Director of Player Personnel and was promoted to Vice President, Player Development on June 21, 2002. In his most recent position, he oversaw all facets of the team's amateur scouting operations, while also assisting with the professional scouting process and player development within the organization. Renney was involved in drafting 2001 first round selection Dan Blackburn, along with top prospects Fedor Tjutin, Garth Murray and Hugh Jessiman. For the last two summers, he has been instrumental in establishing an off-season conditioning and skills camp for several Rangers prospects in Calgary, Alberta.

"It is an honor for me to work with three exceptional hockey people in Glen, Ted and Terry," stated Renney. "I will make every effort to do my part to ensure that this staff gets the most out of the New York Rangers this season."

Prior to his return to the National Hockey League in New York, Renney held the position of Vice President, Hockey and Head Coach of the Canadian National Team. During the 1999-2000 season, he guided the team to a 27-23-6 record in 56 international contests, capturing the 2000 Nagano Cup and placing third in the 2000 Spengler Cup. Renney rejoined the Canadian Hockey Association (CHA) as its Vice President, Hockey in May, 1998.

Renney began his affiliation with the Canadian National Team at the start of the 1992-93 season, and was appointed head coach of Team Canada in August, 1993. In 1994, he coached Canada's Olympic hockey team to a silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. Later that year, he served as an assistant coach on Team Canada's gold medal-winning team at the World Championships in Bolzano, Italy. He also coached the National Team to a bronze medal in the 1995 World Hockey Championships in Stockholm, Sweden and a silver medal in the 1996 World Championships in Vienna, Austria. In 1999, Renney led the Canadian National Junior Team to a silver medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

A native of Cranbrook, British Columbia, Renney began his coaching career in 1991 with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL), posting a record of 101-37-6 in 144 games over two seasons. His .714 winning percentage ranks as the all-time highest mark in Canadian Hockey League history. While with the Blazers, he captured consecutive WHL titles, along with a Memorial Cup Championship, and helped develop several NHL players, including Scott Niedermayer, Daryl Sydor, Darcy Tucker and Tyson Nash.

Tom and his wife, Glenda, have two daughters, Jessica and Jamie.

Schoenfeld, 50, enters his second season within the Rangers organization, after serving as an Assistant Coach with New York last year. A veteran of 10 seasons in the National Hockey League as a head coach, he compiled a 256-246-78 record (.509 winning percentage) with the Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals and the Phoenix Coyotes.

"I am extremely excited to begin this new phase of my hockey career," said Schoenfeld. "The challenge of developing young players for the Rangers organization in an environment such as Hartford and the American Hockey League is something I will embrace with all my focus and effort. I greatly appreciate the opportunity that Glen has afforded me with this role."

Prior to his second and most recent tenure in broadcasting with ESPN, Schoenfeld guided Phoenix to a record of 72-66-24 over the course of the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons. During the 1998-99 campaign, Schoenfeld's Coyotes posted a 39-31-12 record, ranking second in franchise history for most victories in a single season. For his efforts that season, he was selected to represent Phoenix at the 1999 NHL All-Star Game as a member of the North American team's coaching staff.

After leaving ESPN to assume head coaching duties of the Washington Capitals on January 27, 1994, Schoenfeld posted a record of 113-102-34 (.522 winning percentage) in 249 games and three-plus seasons. He ranks fourth in Capitals history in games coached (249), victories (113) and winning percentage (.522). Schoenfeld guided the New Jersey Devils from January 26, 1988 through November 6, 1990, leading the club to a record of 50-59-15 in 124 games. During the 1987-88 season, he was responsible for leading the Devils to the team's first ever Stanley Cup Playoff appearance, taking the club to within one game of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Schoenfeld made his NHL head coaching debut with the Buffalo Sabres during the 1985-86 season, where he directed the team until January 15, before general manager Scotty Bowman resumed his coaching career. Before joining the Sabres coaching staff, he served as head coach of Buffalo's top American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans, for a portion of the 1984-85 season. Schoenfeld's stint behind the Americans' bench ended when he came out of retirement and rejoined the Sabres' active lineup on December 19, 1984.

A veteran of 13 seasons in the National Hockey League, Schoenfeld appeared in 719 games with the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins from 1972-73 through 1984-85. A former captain of the Buffalo Sabres, he registered 51 goals and 204 assists for 255 points, along with 1,132 penalty minutes. Schoenfeld was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 1979-80 and participated in the 1977 and 1980 NHL All-Star Games, as well as the 1979 Challenge Cup series. Originally selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round, fifth overall, in the 1972 NHL Entry Draft, he is a member of the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame.

A native of Galt, Ontario, Schoenfeld and his wife, Theresa, have a daughter, Katie, and three sons, Justin, Adam and Nathan.

Brown, 40, begins his sixth season with the Rangers, having served as a professional scout for the past five years. He joined the organization after holding the Assistant Coach position with the Philadelphia Flyers from 1996-97 to 1997-98. Brown concluded his 13-year NHL playing career in 1995-96, registering 45 goals and 52 assists for 97 points, along with 1,789 penalty minutes in 729 matches with the Flyers, Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks.
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