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SBD/July 16, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Renney Tapped To Lead Hockey Canada, Will Be Tasked With Boosting Participation
Published July 16, 2014
WORK TO DO: In Edmonton, Jim Matheson notes Renney is "tasked with making hockey the winter sport of choice for more Canadians; of growing the game, not just winning the games; although being president of Hockey Canada also means bringing home the gold medal at the world junior and world championships, and the Olympics." He now is Hockey Canada’s "main man," after a process in which Hornell said he was “overwhelmed by the quality of candidates.” Renney said, "I know other candidates for this position were above and beyond anything I’ve ever experienced in my life. From talking to my peer group, they all said this was a fabulous hockey job. A no-brainer" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 7/16). YAHOO SPORTS' Sunaya Sapurji noted Hockey Canada recently has seen "either flat or declining numbers in terms of enrollment." The increasing "costs and safety -- particularly concussion awareness -- are two of the major reasons many parents are declining to put their children in the sport." Hockey Canada COO SCOTT SMITH will "continue to run the business side of the organization." Smith has the "business acumen Renney does not, but given his hockey experience the pair should be able to mesh well together to lead Hockey Canada" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/15). Renney said, "I want to pay particular attention to development, I want to pay particular attention to grassroots hockey" (QMI AGENCY, 7/15).