The New York Rangers today named Tom Renney, the coach of the Canadian National Team last season, as their director of player personnel.

Renney will oversee all facets of the team's amateur scouting operation, while also assisting with the professional scouting process.

"Tom has an extensive background and proven track record with regards to evaluating and developing talent," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said. "He has a lengthy head coaching resume with the Canadian National Team, as well as the NHL and junior levels, which give him a vast amount of experience and knowledge of the game."

Renney, 45, guided the Canadian National Team to a 27-23-6 record in 56 international games, capturing the 2000 Nagano Cup. He served as coach of the Vancouver Canucks from June 1996 through November 1997.

"The opportunity to work in an organization of the New York Rangers stature is something I am very excited about," Renney said. "I have great respect for the accomplishments Glen has enjoyed in his career."

Renney began his affiliation with the Canadian National Team at the start of the 1992-93 season, and was appointed coach of Team Canada. In 1994, he coached Canada's Olympic Hockey Team to a silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. He also coached the National Team to a bronze medal in the 1995 World Hockey Championships in Stockholm, Sweden and a silver medal in the 1996 Championships in Austria.