July 15,2014(ISN) – CALGARY, Alta. – The Hockey Canada Board of Directors announced Tuesday that Tom
Renney (Cranbrook, B.C.) has been named the organization’s new president and chief
executive officer, effective immediately.
As Hockey Canada’s president and CEO, Renney will oversee all elements of the
organization, including hockey development programs, high performance programs,
corporate sales, events and marketing, licensing, insurance and regulations,
membership services, operations and communications.
Renney, 59, comes to Hockey Canada with a wealth of hockey experience at both the
international and professional levels. He served as vice-president of hockey
operations with Hockey Canada from 1997-99, also coaching Canada to a silver medal
at the 1999 IIHF World Junior Championship. The native of Cranbrook, B.C., also
served as head coach with Canada’s National Men’s Team from 1992-94, capturing a
silver medal at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
An associate coach with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings in 2013-14, Renney also served
as a head coach with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers from 2010-12, New York Rangers from
2004-08 and Vancouver Canucks in 1996-97. During his NHL coaching career, Renney
continued to maintain ties to the national program, serving as an assistant coach at
both the 2004 and 2005 IIHF World Championships, winning a gold medal (2004) and
silver medal (2005).
Prior to coaching at the national and professional levels, Renney was the head coach
of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers from 1990-92, leading the team to a 101-37-6 record.
His .714 winning percentage ranks as the all-time best in Canadian Hockey League
history. Under his guidance, Kamloops captured two WHL championships and the 1992
Tom and his wife, Glenda have two daughters, Jessica and Jamie.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I am thrilled with the addition of Tom Renney
as Hockey Canada’s president and chief executive officer,” said Jim Hornell,
chairman of the Hockey Canada Board of Directors. “It was a very thorough process,
and we were overwhelmed by the quality of the candidates interested in leading
Hockey Canada going forward. In Tom, we have an individual with great experience at
all levels of the game, as well as a strong passion for hockey development. Tom
understands and has demonstrated the value of teamwork and capacity building. We are
confident his leadership will be essential in working with staff, volunteers,
participants, partners and sponsors in facing the challenges ahead for our
organization, from grassroots through to our national programs.”
“This is not only an honour for myself, but it is all that and more for my family,”
said Renney. “We are thrilled to be joining this great organization. I am excited to
dedicate my efforts to grassroots, development and high performance hockey with a
volunteer base second to none in the world.”
Renney takes over for Bob Nicholson, who served as president and CEO at Hockey
Canada from 1998 to 2014.