1996 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship


Pierre Gauthier
General Manager

Mr. Gauthier was appointed general manager of the Ottawa Senators December 11, 1995, by Rod Bryden, Chairman and Governor of the Senators.

Immediately prior to joining the Ottawa Senators, Mr. Gauthier had served as assistant general manager of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim since March 1993.

With the Mighty Ducks, Mr. Gauthier acted as assistant general manager to vice president and general manager Jack Ferreira and also as general manager of the Ducks' primary development affiliate, the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League.

His duties included assisting the vice president and general manager in all areas of team operations, including contract negotiation, player evaluation and farm team supervision.

Prior to joining Anaheim, Gauthier had spent 12 years in the scouting department of the Quebec Nordiques. He had joined the Nordiques in 1983 as a scout, working in that capacity for three seasons before being named assistant director of scouting in 1986. He was promoted to chief scout in 1988, serving at that post until he joined Anaheim.

Before coming to the NHL, Gauthier was a teaching associate in physical education at the University of Minnesota, where he received a master's degree in sports administration in 1983. He also is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he earned a bachelor's of science degree in physical education.

The Montreal native is married to Manon Roberge; they have one daughter, Catherine, born January 17, 1992.

Tom Renney
Head Coach

1994-95: Coached Canada's National Hockey team to a bronze medal at the 1995 World Championship ... Canada's record at the end of the season was 37-17-0.

Career: The native of Cranbrook, British Columbia joined the national team program at the beginning of the 1992-93 season ... appointed Head Coach in August of 1993 ... coached Canada's Olympic hockey Team to a silver-medal victory in Lillehammer, Norway at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games ... gold-medal victory at the 1994 World Ice Hockey Championship in Milano, Italy ... honoured with the 3M Coaches Canada Award ... head coach of the Kamloops Blazers (WHL) posting a record of 101 wins and 6 ties against 37 losses over two campaigns ... coached the Blazers to a pair of regular season WHL pennants (1990-91 and 1991-92) ... Canadian Hockey League's Memorial Cup Champions in 1991-92 ... Sport British Columbia Coach of the Year in 1991-92 ... earned WHL Coach of the Year honours in 1990-91 ... assistant coach for the Canadian team at the International Ice Hockey Federation's 1992 World Junior Championship in Fussen, Germany ... summer of 1992, head coach of Canada's national under 18 team winning the Phoenix Cup in Japan.

Personal: Attended the University of Victoria (British Columbia) and the University of North Dakota, graduating with a degree in Physical Education ... Tom and wife Glenda reside year round in Calgary with their two daughters Jessica and Jamie.

Mike Johnston
Assistant Coach

1994-95: Member of Canada's Gold-medal winning 1995 World Junior Championship Team ... member of Canada's bronze-medal winning 1995 World Championship team ... team manager for Canada's silver medal winning 1995 Under 18 Team.

Career: The summer of 1994 appointed assistant coach for Canada's national team ... assistant coach for Canada's gold medal winning 1994 World Junior Championship team ... co-coached and guest coach at the USA Cup and Atlantic Cup Tournaments ... telegraph Journal Coach of the Year in 1993 ... McAdam Division Champions with the University of New Brunswick in 1992-93 and 1993-94 ... lead Canada to two overtime victories and the gold medal at the 1992 Spengler Cup ... guided Team Pacific to the Quebec Esso Cup for Under-17 players in 1988 ... coached the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds from 1989-90 to 1993-94.

Personal: Mike and his wife Myrna moved to Calgary from New Brunswick last summer with their two children, Adam (5 years old) and Gabrielle (2 years old)

Andy Murray
Assistant Coach

1994-95: Assistant coach in his second season with the Winnipeg Jets.

Career: In 1995-96, Andy has been acting as a scout to the national team squad ... he also led Team Canada to a fifth Spengler Cup title this past December 1995 ... Andy was on the coaching staff on each of the other four Spengler Cup wins 1984, 1986, 1987, and 1992 ... began his coaching career in 1976 in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League ... coached the Brandon University Bobcats from 1978-79 to 1980-81 ... in his final year in Brandon, he led his team to the league championship and the number one ranking in the country ... he moved on to coach in Europe, including seven years in Switzerland with several Swiss Division A teams (Kloten Zurcher and Zug) ... joined the Hershey Bears (AHL) coaching staff as an assistant coach in 1987-88, winning the Calder Cup that year ... he spent the next two seasons, 1988-89 and 1989-90, as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Minnesota North Stars ... in 1992-93, he returned to Europe to coach Lugano in Switzerland and then at Eisbaren Berlin in Germany.

Personal: Andy and his wife, Ruth, have three children, sons, Braden and Jordan and daughter, Sarah.

Rob Cookson
Assistant Coach - video

1994-95: Canadian Hockey's manager, video production and acted as an assistant coach with the national team, including the bronze medal winning team at the 1995 World Championship in Sweden ... acted in the same capacity with the 1995 World Junior Championship team in Red Deer, which won a gold medal.

Career: since 1992, Rob has assisted the national team coaching staff, both national and junior) with video preparation and analysis, and video pre-scout of opponents ... he was on the coaching staff for the 1996 World Junior Championship team in Boston, which won a fourth consecutive gold medal ... on the coaching staff at the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, the 1994 Sweden Games and the 1992 and 1993 Izvestia Cup.

Personal: Rob lives in Calgary.

For more information:
Brad Pascall Vice-President, Hockey Operations