Rangers Interim Head Coach and Vice President of Player Development Tom Renney served as Assistant Coach for Team Canada at the 2004 IIHF World Championship. Canada captured its second consecutive gold medal in the tournament with a 5-3 win over Sweden on May 9 in Prague, Czech Republic. After his return to North America, Renney checked in with newyorkrangers.com and gave us his thoughts on the tourney.
As is usually the case for Team Canada at the World Championship, it took us a few games to re-acquaint ourselves with the interanational game, and our scores reflected that.
Looking back on our effort, we certainly did save our best for last. Although Sweden had us down 2-0 and 3-1 at different times throughout the Gold Medal Game, we felt that we had the game plan, the energy, and the players to solve them and slowly take the game over.
Our Rangers prospect, Henrik Lundqvist
- Sweden's terrific goaltender - had played well, but we finally got to him to tie the game late in the second.
In the third, we played very well and Roberto Luongo shut the door.
Team Canada had big tournaments from the Neidermeyer brothers, Scott and Rob, and Dan Heatley was enormous for us throughout the competiton. But more then anything else, we jelled as a team each and every day.
The two teams with the greatest disadvantage at these competitions - Canada and the United States - made the greatest strides during the World Championship, and rightfully earned Gold and Bronze respectively.