Mustangs name Rennette new head coach
May 5, 2014
New Peoria head coach Tyler Rennette (photo by bobhuntphoto.com).
The Peoria Mustangs of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) are pleased to announce the appointment of Tyler Rennette as the club’s seventh Head Coach and General Manager.
The NHL's St. Louis Blues selected Rennette as the 40th overall pick in the 2nd round of the 1997 NHL draft. Rennette played nine seasons of professional hockey, initially coming to the Peoria Rivermen in the 2000-01 season.
During the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, Rennette led the Rivermen in scoring and plus/minus… with a total of 142 points and a +65 rating in those 2 seasons.
Rennette emphasizes, “it’s nice to be involved in scoring, but I’ve learned that hockey success only comes from strong, committed team defense."
Rennette continues to hold the Rivermen (ECHL) goal scoring record with 119 goals. He was a three-time Peoria Rivermen MVP and was named to the Peoria Rivermen Hall of Fame in 2012. In his final year of professional hockey, Rennette lead the Bloomington Prairie Thunder in scoring and was named MVP.
Before turning pro, Rennette moved to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), he played junior hockey at the Junior B level in Waterloo, Ontario.
Rennette says, “it was there that I had a coach that did a tremendous job developing the hockey skills and general character of our team of young men. My ultimate goal now is to focus my hockey efforts on developing my team of Mustangs’ players to levels well beyond even their expectations. I’m very excited to be named the Mustangs’ Head Coach and becoming the newest member of the Peoria Mustangs organization."
Tyler was born in North Bay, Ontario and lives in Dunlap, Illinois with his wife Julie and their three children Owen, Ryder and Stella.