Tom Renney officially named Hockey Canada president

Former Edmonton Oilers head coach Tom Renney speaks to the press at Rexall Place in Edmonton on...

Former Edmonton Oilers head coach Tom Renney speaks to the press at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/EDMONTON SUN QMI AGENCY)

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Tom Renney has been here before.

Maybe not in this exact chair with Hockey Canada.

But the native of Cranbrook, B.C., knows what it’s like to try and capture the hearts of hockey-mad Canadians.

On Tuesday, Hockey Canada announced Renney’s appointment as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer — hardly a shocker, given the news was leaked about 24 hours earlier.

His new post with the national institution comes a decade after helping guide the Canadian juniors to gold, 15 years after serving as a Hockey Canada vice-president and two decades after he was head coach of the men’s national team which captured silver at the Olympic Winter Games.

“It’s absolutely a privilege,” Renney told reporters. “I’ve done a lot of wonderful things in the game. Without a doubt, I’ve had a lot of great support throughout my career. Nothing will come close to today.”


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