Tom Renney is expected to be named the next president and CEO of Hockey Canada, per sources via the Canadian Press, as reported by TSN. Renney has been an associate coach with the Detroit Red Wings for the past two seasons, but it appears he will move on to a new challenge.
The announcement is expected to be made on Tuesday in
Renney brings a wealth of experience to a hockey program that could generously be described as The House if hockey was played in a casino. Canada’s men’s hockey team has won the last two Olympic gold medals while its women’s program has won the last four Olympics gold medals.
If you lead any part of Hockey Canada’s program, you win gold or you see the door in a hurry. Few could be less daunted than Renney by such lofty expectations.
As the articles notes, “In addition to winning a silver medal at the 1994 Olympics, Renney has coached Canada in 10 world championships and also served as vice president of hockey operations in 1998 and 1999.”
Renney also sports 17 years as a head coach in the NHL, WHL and international competition. He was the director of player personnel and vice president of player development for the New York Rangers.
As a manager, as a hockey mind and as a seasoned coaching veteran, Renney appears to have everything Hockey Canada will require from its new leader. That experience and savvy will be counted on as the program looks to constantly move forward with the rest of the world nipping at Canada’s heels.