Team Canada's 2004 Men's World Championship Team General Manager, Jim Nill, announced yesterday that Rangers Interim Head Coach and Vice President of Player Development Tom Renney
will be the team's Assistant Coach for the upcoming 2004 World Championships in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic. Renney joins Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Head Coach Mike Babcock on Head Coach Joel Quenneville's coaching staff. Rangers Vice President of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager Don Maloney serves as the Assistant General Manager for Team Canada.
Renney, 49, has held a variety of positions for Hockey Canada throughout is coaching career. In 1994, he captured a silver medal while serving as Head Coach of Team Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. Renney has also been Team Canada's Head Coach at the Men's World Hockey Championship three times (1995 - bronze; 1996 - silver; 2000 - fourth place) and was an Assistant Coach twice, winning gold in 1994 and finishing fourth in 1993. Prior to joining the Rangers, Renney served as Hockey Canada's 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 is currently in his fourth season with the Rangers organization, his second as Vice President of Player Development and his first as an Assistant Coach after being named to the coaching staff on July 21, 2003. On February 25, Renney was named Interim Head Coach of the club for the remainder of the 2003-04 season. In addition, Renney served as Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks from June, 1996 through November, 1997.
The 2004 IIHF World Hockey Championship will take place April 24 - May 9, 2004 in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic. The defending champions, Team Canada will play its' first game on April 25, 2004 versus Austria, and will begin play in Group D against Austria, France and Switzerland.