A local, national and international hockey coaching and management legend retires as CEO of Hockey Canada.
Hockey Canada and its Board of Directors announced on April 20 the retirement of Tom Renney from Cranbrook, effective July 1.
“It’s a decision I’ve been preparing for for a year and while it’s never easy, I know the time has come and I’m grateful for the past eight years,” Renney said in a Hockey Canada report.
“I appreciate the opportunity given to me by former Chairman of the Board, Jim Hornell, to lead this organization as President and CEO. To Hockey Canada’s past and present directors, President Michael Brind’Amour, volunteers and our incredible staff, thank you for your dedication, commitment and support of our great game. I thank the people I have met through this game who have all had a positive and lasting impact in my life,” he said.
“I also want to thank and congratulate Scott Smith. I know the game will continue to grow and evolve, and will continue to make great strides under his leadership. Last but not least, to my family – my wife Glenda, our daughters Jessica and Jamie, and our grandchildren – thank you for your sacrifices and support. I look forward to being home and spending more time together and supporting you in your own endeavors.
Renney joined Hockey Canada as President and CEO in July 2014, overseeing all areas of the organization including high performance and hockey development programs nationally and internationally, as well as corporate sales, events and marketing, member services and operations.
In 2017, he stepped down as president and appointed Scott Smith (Bathurst, NB) to that position, adding to Smith’s responsibilities as chief operating officer.
Prior to his current role, Renney served as vice president of hockey operations at the organization from 1998 to 2000.
During his tenure as CEO, Renney helped guide Canada’s national men’s, women’s and para-hockey teams to 28 medals in international competition – nine gold, 15 silver and four bronze – including gold and silver in the women’s tournament at the 2022 and 2018 editions. Winter Olympics, respectively.
He also helped Canada win silver at the 2018 and 2022 Paralympic Winter Games and bronze in the men’s tournament at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Prior to joining the organization’s hockey operations department, he won a silver medal as head coach of Canada’s Men’s Olympic Team at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. . He added silver (1996) and bronze (1995) as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team at the IIHF World Championship, and won a gold medal (1994) and two silvers (2004, 2005) as an assistant coach.
At the 1999 IIHF World Junior Championship, he won a silver medal as head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team. Renney’s international contributions also include chairing the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Coaches Committee since 2015.
Prior to joining Hockey Canada, Renney was busy leading junior hockey clubs to titles, including with the Columbia Valley Rockies of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, winning three consecutive KIJHL championships between 1987 and 1990 and the Cyclone Taylor Cup in 1989.
Renney then made the move to the Western Hockey League and his victory followed him to the Kamloops Blazers, where he led the club to back-to-back WHL championships and a Memorial Cup in 1992.
Renney went 101-37-6 for a .714 winning percentage, which ranks as the highest all-time winning mark in Canadian Hockey League history.
He went on to coach the Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers and Team Canada.
“It’s a bittersweet but exciting day for Hockey Canada as we reflect on Tom’s leadership and legacy, while welcoming Scott to his new role,” said Brind’Amour. “Tom, on behalf of the Board, our members and all staff, congratulations on your success. Your hard work and commitment to the game is evident in the direction you have taken for our organization. We are well positioned to continue to develop the game and make it accessible to participants across the country. I wish you, Glenda and your family a well deserved retirement.
Scott Smith said: “I also want to thank Tom for his guidance, leadership and support over the past eight years, and wish him and his family a happy retirement. It was an honor to work alongside him for many years and I am proud to call him a friend and a mentor.
“I am extremely grateful and excited to be working with our staff and continuing the work that Tom has started as we bring new players into our game, grow our development programs and ensure our national teams continue to represent Canada. with pride.
“I would like to thank our board members and management team, as well as all of our staff and my family for their continued support. It’s not a stance I take lightly, but I’m extremely proud to continue to build on our strengths while working to make the game accessible to everyone.
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