CALGARY – Tom Renney, Head Coach and Vice President of Player Development of the New York Rangers, and Craig MacTavish, Head Coach of the Edmonton Oilers, have been named Team Canada’s assistant coaches for the 2005 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship, Team Canada’s General Manager Steve Tambellini announced on Thursday.
Renney and MacTavish will work with Team Canada’s World Championship Head Coach Marc Habscheid, who was named Head Coach on Monday.
The 2005 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship will take place April 30- in Innsbruck and Vienna, Austria. Canada’s first game will be on April 30 versus Latvia. TSN/RDS, the official broadcaster of Hockey Canada, and the FAN radio network, will be broadcasting all Team Canada’s games LIVE from Austria (check local listings).
“We are very pleased to name Tom and Craig to our coaching staff,“ said Tambellini. “We feel that we have a great coaching staff that will work well together to prepare and lead our team in Austria.”
“I am excited to be able to work closely with two outstanding coaches in Tom and Craig, “said Canada’s Head Coach, Marc Habscheid. “Tom brings a wealth of international coaching expertise which will be an asset for our staff and team, and Craig brings experience as both a player and a coach which will add a great dimension to our team.”
Renney brings a tremendous amount of international coaching experience to Team Canada. Renney was Head Coach of Canada at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway (winning a silver medal) and has been Team Canada’s Head Coach at the Men’s World Hockey Championship three times (1995 – bronze; 1996 – silver; 2000 – 4th place) and was an Assistant Coach three times, winning gold with both last year’s team in Czech Republic (2004) and again with the team in 1994 and finished 4th in 1993.
Prior to joining the Rangers, Renney served as Hockey Canada’s Vice President, Hockey and Head Coach of the Canadian National Team. During the 1999-2000 season, he guided Canada to a 27-23-6 record in 56 international contests, capturing the 2000 Nagano Cup and placing third in the 2000 Spengler Cup.
Renney is in his fifth season with the Rangers, his third as Vice President of Player Development. He began the 2003-2004 season as an Assistant Coach, and was named interim Head Coach of the Rangers on Feb., the role he now holds. Renney served as head coach of the Vancouver Canucks from June, 1996 through November, 1997.
MacTavish will be representing Canada for the second time this season, having served as an Assistant Coach under Habscheid in December at the 2004 Loto Cup in Piestany, Slovakia (bronze medal).
MacTavish has been the Head Coach of the Oilers for the past four seasons, guiding Edmonton to a record of 149-111-47-16 during this time. He was a member of four Stanley Cup championship teams as a player, including three with the Oilers and one with the New York Rangers.
The native of London, Ontario, played 17 seasons in the National Hockey League, breaking in with the
Boston Bruins in 1979-80 and retiring after 1997 season with the St. Louis Blues, MacTavish scored 213 goals
and 267 assists for 480 points and 891 penalty minutes in 1,093 career games with Boston, Edmonton, the New
York Rangers, Philadelphia and St. Louis. He also appeared in 193 playoff games, scoring 58 points on 20
goals and 38 assists with 218 minutes in penalties.
Canada has won the last two Men’s World Hockey Championships: 2004 in Czech Republic and 2003 in Finland. Overall, Canada has won 23 gold medals at the World Championship since 1920.
Tambellini and Assistant GM Ken Holland will name Team Canada’s support staff in the next few days, and will begin to name Canada’s roster within the next 7 days.
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