Tom Renney has officially announced his upcoming retirement from Hockey Canada, stepping down from his position as CEO on July 1. Renney, who has been in the position for the past eight years, released a lengthy statement that read, in part:
This is a decision I have been preparing for over the past year and while it is never easy, I know the time is right and I am grateful for the past eight years. I am appreciative of the opportunity that was afforded to me by past board chair, Jim Hornell, to lead this organization as its president and CEO. To our Hockey Canada directors past and present, chair Michael Brind’Amour, the volunteers and our incredible staff, I thank you for your dedication, commitment and support of our great game. I thank the people I have met through this game who have all made a positive and lasting impact in my life.
Renney, 67, will be replaced by Scott Smith, who had already taken over as president of the organization in 2017 when Renney stepped down from that role. Though he had been CEO for eight years, it was much longer than that as part of Hockey Canada for Renney, who was the head coach of the 1994 Olympic team which won a silver medal. Head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers, and Edmonton Oilers for various periods, he also helped lead Canada to multiple World Championship, World Junior, and Spengler Cup medals.
Smith, meanwhile, will add CEO to his title of president and become the leader of the entire organization. He has been with Hockey Canada since 1995 and was named COO in 2007. Michael Brind’Amour, chair of the board of directors, released the following statement:
There is no question Scott is ready to embrace this change, with his expertise and experience working alongside Tom ensuring a smooth transition into his role as CEO. For the past two decades, his understanding of the game and its importance will be invaluable as we work to best to serve our Members from the grassroots to the national level.
Hockey Canada recently announced the dates and venues for two international tournaments. The 2022 World Juniors will be held in Edmonton, while the 2022 Hlinka-Gretzky will be held in Red Deer.