New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Tom Renney has been named Director of Player Personnel. Renney will oversee all facets of the team’s amateur scouting operation, while also assisting with the professional scouting process.
“Tom has an extensive background and proven track record with regards to evaluating and developing talent,” said Sather in making the announcement. “He has a lengthy head coaching resume with the Canadian National Team, as well as the NHL and junior levels, which give him a vast amount of experience and knowledge of the game. I look forward to having Tom become an integral part of our hockey management team here in New York.”
“The opportunity to work in an organization of the New York Rangers stature is something I am very excited about,” commented Renney. “I have great respect for the accomplishments Glen has enjoyed in his career. I appreciate and look forward the chance to work with him and the staff he is assembling.”
Renney, 45, joins the Rangers organization after serving as the Vice President, Hockey and Head Coach of the Canadian National Team last season. 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.Prior to his return to the CHA, Renney served 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. As head coach of the 1999 Canadian National Junior Team, Renney led the club 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 cumulative record of 101-37-6 in 144 games over two seasons. His .714 winning percentage during his two years in Kamloops 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.