NELSON, B.C. -- At last!
At least one hockey wife wants to be in Edmonton and is looking forward to the start of the season.
The encouraging word came on Friday from Glennis Renney, wife of Tom Renney, the Oilers' likable new co-coach.
"I don't know much about Edmonton," she said. "I'm looking forward to being there."
Most encouraging about the spoken difference between this woman and the pampered wives of others who have been less warm in their view of Good Old Ourtown was the fact that she spoke without prompting.
Sitting outdoors at a coffee shop close to this West Kootenay community's main street, surrounded by siblings and in-laws, Glennis, the sister of former NHL star Danny Gare, mentioned that husband Tom -- "he's anxious to get going in a few weeks" -- was fitting in one of his last summer rounds of golf at the picturesque Kokanee Springs course.
In this case, it wasn't necessary to seek him out. Every coach worth his weight in hooked tee shots is anxious to start a new job. Besides, Renney has already told the world he wants to be in Edmonton.
But, when a wife says the same thing -- and especially a wife who has been around the game since childhood -- that's really something.