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Head Coach

On June 22, 2010, Tom Renney became the 10th head coach in franchise history, after joining the Oilers as an Associate Coach for the 2009-10 season.

Renney spent the previous nine seasons with the New York Rangers, the last four as their Head Coach. After being named the 33rd head coach in franchise history on July 6, 2004, Renney led the Rangers to 40-or-more wins in three consecutive seasons, a feat last accomplished by the club in 1974. Over the course of 327 games he guided the Rangers to a 164-117-0-46 record including three straight post-season appearances from 2005-08.

Renney was appointed as the Rangers interim Head Coach on February 25, 2004 after beginning the 2003-04 season as an Assistant Coach. He was originally named to the coaching staff on July 21, 2003.

He spent his first two seasons with New York as Director of Player Personnel, where he oversaw all facets of the team’s amateur scouting operation, while assisting with the professional scouting department. He was promoted to Vice President, Player Development on June 21, 2002. In that position, he oversaw all facets of the team’s amateur scouting operations, while also assisting with the professional scouting process and player development within the organization. During this time, Renney was influential in the drafting of several current Rangers’ impact players and top prospects.

Associate Coach Tom Renney commands an Oilers practice early in the 2009-10 season. (Photo by Andy Devlin / Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)
Renney’s coaching experience spans 15 years and includes several accolades. He began his tenure behind the bench with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League and immediately established himself as one of the league’s best. In two seasons with the Blazers, Renney led the club to consecutive WHL titles, along with a Memorial Cup championship as the Canadian Hockey League’s top team. His Kamloops clubs compiled a sparkling 101-37-6 record for .714 winning percentage, which ranks as the all-time highest winning mark in CHL history.

Following his noteworthy junior career, Renney joined Hockey Canada in 1993, where he was quick to find success as well. After being appointed Head Coach of the Team Canada in August, 1993, he guided the club to a silver medal finish at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. In total, Renney has coached in 10 world championship competitions, capturing three gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze.

Most recently, Renney has served his country on Team Canada’s coaching staff at the 2004 and 2005 World Championships. At the 2004 tournament in Czech Republic, he helped guide the team to Canada’s second consecutive gold medal at the prestigious tournament. In 2005, Renney and Team Canada once again appeared in the World Championship’s final game, but were left with the silver medal after falling to the Czech Republic.

In addition to his extensive career with Hockey Canada, Renney served as Head Coach of the Vancouver Canucks from June 1996 through November, 1997. He compiled a 39-53-9 record.

Tom and his wife, Glenda, have two daughters, Jessica and Jamie.