Tom Renney wants your kids to take a break from hockey this summer. In a new video he is very explicit about this, asking parents to, “please understand the value of multi-sport participation.”
For years, Renney coached some of the best hockey players in the world. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Magnus Paajarvi in Edmonton with the Oilers. Henrik Lundvist and Jaromir Jagr in New York with the Rangers. Trevor Linden, Pavel Bure, Markus Naslund, and Mark Messier with the Vancouver Canucks.
“To a man, the great players that I’ve had the opportunity to be around, to watch, and in many cases, coach, have all participated in other sports,” he says.
Now, Renney is the president and CEO of Hockey Canada. Along with the smartest minds in hockey, he sets the program for the game in Canada, ensuring that young players get the best instruction and our country can continue to be among the competitive best.
The importance of multi-sport participation for kids is a message that has become resounding lately, and for good reason. Everything we know about how kids develop and what’s good for them tells us that kids need to change it up.
Renney wants kids to keep playing and to keep active, and suggests that kids benefit from expanding their minds and using their “physical assets in a completely different way.”
Over the course of the last hockey season, Renney has been issuing inspirational and instructional videos. This is his last one until the fall. He’s taking a break, too.
He doesn’t suggest that you have to stop loving and thinking about hockey. Just that you, and your kids, do something else for a few months,
What is it that you and your kids will do?