February 13, 1935 –
Given that Gord Renwick has always had a passion for baseball, most observers would find it surprising that he rose to the highest levels of the international ice hockey world.
But Renwick, one of the original build- ers of the formidable Galt Hornets senior hockey organization –– the organization was described as the best outfit in senior hockey circles –– has spent much of his adult life fighting for hockey.
He served as president of the Hornets for almost 10 years, during which time he gained the respect of the Canadian hockey establishment as the Hornets twice won the Allan Cup. His Hornet work served as a springboard for greater things and eventu- ally he served as president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) from 1979 to 1981.
His hockey service was all voluntary, but the impact he made was major. “I probably get a lot more credit than I deserve,” the soft- spoken Renwick says. “What stimulates me to do it is the love of the game and the suc- cess of marketing.”
Through his administrative career Renwick has chaired the Royal Bank Wrigley International Tournament, was instrumental in organizing the prestigious Wrigley Midget Tournament, and served as Chef de Mission for all visiting Russian team tours of Canada.
Renwick rose to become vice president, in 1984, of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), a post he held for 12 years. During that time he helped take the IIHF from a kitchen-table approach to bookkeeping to a computerized operation. He also headed the Statutes/Bylaws Committee and the
Rules Committee, helping to bring uniformity to North American and European hockey.
In addition, he administered the marketing team, getting international sponsors for the IIHF and playing a major role in the Canada Cup and World Cup tournaments. Owner of Renwick Construction Ltd., Renwick, when he was serving as