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Rangers Promote Tom Renney to VP Player Development

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Tom Renney has been promoted to Vice President, Player Development. Renney will continue to oversee all facets of the team’s amateur scouting operation, while also assisting with the professional scouting process and player development within the organization.

“Tom has been a tremendous asset to the Rangers organization since joining our management team in 2000, spearheading our amateur scouting and NHL Entry Draft preparation,” said Sather. “His work ethic and knowledge of the game qualify him as one of the top talent evaluators in hockey and we are fortuate to have him in New York.”

Renney, 47, enters his third season with the Rangers organization after joining the club on July 31, 2000 as Director of Player Personnel. He was instrumental in drafting 2001 first round draft choice Dan Blackburn, along with top prospects Fedor Tutin, Garth Murray and Marek Zidlicky. Over the past two seasons, the Rangers developmental system has been ranked among the top ten NHL franchises by The Hockey News.

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 after serving as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks from June of 1996 through November of 1997.

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 of 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.

A University of North Dakota graduate, Tom and his wife, Glenda, have two daughters, Jessica and Jamie.
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