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Posted: July 14, 2014

Kootenay lad heading to top of Hockey Canada heap

The East Kootenay’s pre-eminent hockey mind has been chosen to replace Bob Nicholson as head of Hockey Canada.

Tom Renney
Tom Renney

TSN is reporting that former NHL head coach and recent Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Tom Renney will be announced as Hockey Canada’s new president in Calgary tomorrow (July 15).

Nicholson left Hockey Canada to join the Edmonton Oilers to oversee the club’s business operations last month.

Renney, 59, will leave his post as associate coach with the Wings, where he’s been the past two seasons.

The former head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers was a candidate for a couple of head coaching vacancies this off-season, TSN reported.

Cranbrook-born Renney launched his coaching career in the East Kootenay, leading the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Columbia Valley Rockies to a league title and Western Canadian championship (Cyclone Taylor Cup) in 1988/89.

That success led him to the Western Hockey League’s Kamloops Blazers. During his two years in Kamloops, Renney led the Blazers to a WHL league title and Memorial Cup title (1990/91).

He has coached Team Canada several times, capturing a silver medal as the head coach of the 1994 Winter Olympics squad, which lost to Sweden on the famous Petr Forsberg shootout goal.

Lead image: Tom Renney while coaching the Edmonton Oilers. photo


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