Wings hire Granato, lose Asst. Renney

The Detroit Red Wings have hired Tony Granato as an assistant coach.

Granato was an assistant for the Pittsburgh Penguins for the last five seasons, and he was also part of Team USA’s staff at the 2014 Olympics. Granato also has been a head coach with the Colorado Avalanche.

Granato played 773 games with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, totaling 248 goals and 244 assists in 13 seasons from 1988 through 2001.

The Red Wings announced the move on Tuesday.

Tom Renney, a Detroit assistant the last two seasons, has been hired as president and chief executive officer of Hockey Canada.

He succeeds Bob Nicholson, who resigned this year after running the governing body for more than 15 years. Renney called the appointment an “absolute privilege” at a news conference Tuesday.

Renney spent parts of eight seasons as an NHL coach from 1996 through 2012 with Edmonton, the New York Rangers and Vancouver. He was a Detroit Red Wings assistant the past two seasons.

Renney coached Canada to the silver medal at the 1994 Olympics. With the Rangers, he also was director of player personnel and vice president of player development.

Jim Hornell, chairman of Hockey Canada’s board of directors, lauded Renney’s experience on all levels of the sport and his “strong passion for hockey development.”