Hockey Canada chose a hockey man for its top position by hiring longtime coach Tom Renney as president and CEO almost one year ago. Although many know Renney from behind the bench in the NHL, the Cranbrook B.C. native has experience and a passion for all levels of hockey which is evident when hearing him speak about his own experiences in the game and his vision for it moving forward.
Here is an excerpt from a speech that Mr. Renney gave at the recent Ontario Minor Hockey Association Annual General Meeting:
“I believe Sport today too often imitates the pros with a misguided view that such imitation is good. Instead, “ real “ minor sports should continue to focus on teaching our children respect, ethics, honor, teamwork, playing within the rules, the value of relationships, and learning how to win and lose. Professional sport doesn’t teach values, it reveals them.
We won’t all be lucky enough to play in the NHL, or Olympics, but we can make a very positive difference by ensuring that the lessons of sport are cement in our behavior. When we learn these lessons, we will also perform better in school, business, and life.”