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Renney Named Asst. Coach for Team Canada at Worlds

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Hockey Canada's Vice President John Misley announced today that Rangers' Head Coach and Vice President of Player Development Tom Renney will be the team's Assistant Coach for the upcoming 2005 IIHF World Championships in Vienna, Austria. Renney joins Edmonton Oilers' Head Coach Craig MacTavish, who has also been named an assistant coach on Head Coach Marc Habscheid's staff.

Renney, 50, has held a variety of positions for Hockey Canada throughout his coaching career. Most recently, he was a member of the coaching staff that helped guide Team Canada to a gold medal in the 2004 World Championships in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic. In 1994, Renney captured a silver medal while serving as Head Coach of Team Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. He 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 fifth season with the Rangers organization since joining the club on July 31, 2000 as Director of Player Personnel. After being promoted to Vice President, Player Development on June 21, 2002, 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. On July 21, 2003, Renney joined the Rangers coaching staff as an assistant coach and was named Interim Head Coach of the club for the remainder of the 2003-04 season on February 25. Renney, who is the 33rd head coach in franchise history, will continue his second head coaching position in the National Hockey League when play resumes after officially being named Head Coach of the club on July 6. In his one other NHL coaching stint, Renney served as Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks from June, 1996 through November, 1997.

The 2005 IIHF World Hockey Championship will take place April 30 - May 15, 2005 in Vienna, Austria. The defending champions, Team Canada, will play its first game on April 30, 2005 versus Latvia.
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