Tom Renney

Tom Renney

Junior Coach of the Canadian Hockey Association
Date of Birth: 01.03.1955
Country: Canada

  1. Biography of Tom Renney
  2. Early Life and Personal Life
  3. Coaching Career
  4. International Coaching

Biography of Tom Renney

Tom Renney, born on March 1, 1955, in Cranbrook, British Columbia, is a Canadian ice hockey coach. He is currently the associate coach for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Renney has previously worked with the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks.

Tom Renney

Early Life and Personal Life

Tom Renney was born on March 1, 1955, in Cranbrook, British Columbia. He is married to Glenda Gar, the sister of former NHL player Danny Gare. They first met when Tom owned a clothing store in Trail, British Columbia. Glenda's second brother, Mori Gar, currently serves as the chief scout for the Edmonton Oilers.

Tom Renney

Coaching Career

Renney began his coaching career in the 1990-91 season in the Western Hockey League (WHL) as the head coach of the Kamloops Blazers. His team quickly achieved success, winning the President's Cup in the WHL and the Memorial Cup as champions of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). During his two seasons with the Kamloops Blazers, they set a record for the highest scoring team in the CHL.

Tom Renney

Renney's first NHL coaching experience came in the 1996-97 season when he replaced Pat Quinn as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. The team finished the season with a record of 34-40-7, and Renney was replaced midway through the following season by coach Mike Keenan.

After his tenure with the Vancouver Canucks, Renney joined the New York Rangers as the director of player personnel. In June 2002, he was offered the position of vice president of player development. Renney played a key role in establishing offseason training camps and facilities for the Rangers, both in Calgary and at Madison Square Garden, their home arena. He also laid the foundation for the development system that has contributed to the team's success.

In the 2003-04 season, Renney took over as the head coach of the Rangers for the remaining 20 games after Glen Sather decided to focus on his general manager duties. Renney remained in this position for three seasons after the NHL lockout in the 2004-05 season. The Rangers reached the playoffs in 2007 and 2008.

On February 23, 2009, after a series of disappointments, Renney was replaced by John Tortorella, who previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning. Renney's assistant coach, Perry Pearn, was also fired, but the team retained assistant coach Mike Pelino and goaltending coach Benoit Allaire.

On May 26, 2009, Tom Renney became the associate coach of the Edmonton Oilers, based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He served under head coach Pat Quinn, with Wayne Fleming joining as an assistant coach.

International Coaching

After his notable career in the junior league, Renney coached the Canadian national team for two seasons starting in 1992. During this period, Canada won the silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, losing to the gold medalist Sweden. Following his contract with the Vancouver Canucks, Renney returned to Canadian hockey and coached the national team for several international tournaments. In total, Renney coached the team in ten World Championships, where they won three gold, three silver, and two bronze medals.