Montreal, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Tom Renney will be leaving his associate coaching duties for the Detroit Red Wings as he becomes the new Hockey Canada president, it was announced Monday.
Renney will be replacing 15-year Hockey Canada president, Bob Nicholson.
Nicholson withdrew from his post earlier this year and joined the Edmonton Oilers as an executive.
Renney coached the the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers in eight NHL seasons, before joining the Red Wings.
Renny’s relationship with Hockey Canada dates back to the 1990′s, when he coached the Canadian national team to a silver medal finish in the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland expressed his support for a former colleague and believes this is a golden opportunity for the 59-year-old.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for somebody to be the head man of Hockey Canada,” Holland stated.