CALGARY, Alberta -- Former NHL coach Tom Renney has been hired as president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada.
He succeeds Bob Nicholson, who resigned this year after running the governing body for more than 15 years. Renney called the appointment an "absolute privilege" at a news conference Tuesday.
Renney spent parts of eight seasons (1996-2012) as coach of the Oilers, Rangers and Canucks. He was a Red Wings assistant the past two seasons.
He coached Canada to the silver medal at the 1994 Olympics. With the Rangers, he also was director of player personnel and vice president of player development.
Jim Hornell, chairman of Hockey Canada's board of directors, lauded Renney's experience on all levels of the sport and his "strong passion for hockey development."