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Edmonton Oilers Fire Coach Tom Renney After Two Losing Seasons

May 18, 2012

The Edmonton Oilers fired coach Tom Renney after back-to-back losing seasons.

The Oilers had the second-worst record in the National Hockey League this season at 32-40-10 after posting the worst mark the previous year, 25-45-12.

“We felt at this time it was the right decision to make a change,” General Manager Steve Tambellini said in a video statement on the team’s website. “We’ve got some great challenges, but ones that we’re looking forward to.”

Renney, 57, who became the 10th head coach in Oilers’ history, joined the team as an associate coach for the 2009-10 season.

He spent the previous nine seasons with the New York Rangers, four as the head coach who led the team to 40-or-more wins in three consecutive seasons. His record with the Rangers of 164-117-0-46 included three post-season appearances from 2005-08.

Renney also was head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, earning a 39-53-9 record from June 1996 to November 1997.

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