New York -- New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that he will relinquish his duties as Head Coach to focus solely on the managerial duties of the hockey club. Sather has appointed Tom Renney as the club's Head Coach on an interim basis. Assistant Coaches Terry O'Reilly and Ted Green will remain on the coaching staff in their current roles.
Renney, who becomes the Rangers 32nd Head Coach in franchise history, will be assuming his second head 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 that 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. 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. On July 21, 2003, Renney joined the Rangers coaching staff as an assistant coach.
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.
Sather, 60, posted a record of 22-29-7-4 in 62 games behind the New York bench this season. Since adding head coaching duties to his title on January 30, 2003, after relieving Bryan Trottier, he has charted a 33-39-11-7 record in 90 contests. In 932 NHL matches, Sather's career coaching record stands at 497-307-121-7.