ARIZONA COYOTES

Coyotes hire Shane Doan as chief hockey development officer

Jan 11, 2021, 8:52 AM | Updated: 9:06 am

Shane Doan #19 of the Arizona Coyotes warms up before the NHL game against the Minnesota Wild at Gi...

Shane Doan #19 of the Arizona Coyotes warms up before the NHL game against the Minnesota Wild at Gila River Arena on April 8, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Captain is back within the Arizona Coyotes organization.

The Coyotes have agreed to bring on former Arizona forward Shane Doan as the team’s chief hockey development officer, the team announced Monday.

Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro was first to report the hire.

“I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Doan said in a press release. “I am extremely proud to have played my entire career for the Coyotes and all I want is for this franchise to be successful on and off the ice.

“The Valley is an incredible hockey market with a loyal and passionate fan base and with Mr. Meruelo, we now have strong and stable ownership and a very bright future in Arizona. I’m looking forward to working with Mr. Meruelo, Xavier and Bill and I can’t wait to get started.”

Doan will report directly to Coyotes president and CEO Xavier Gutierrez and serve as a strategic advisor to owner Alex Meruelo and GM Bill Armstrong. Additionally, Doan will support the club’s business and hockey operations departments and advise on major club decisions and initiatives, per the team.

“We are very excited to welcome Shane Doan back to the Coyotes organization,” Meruelo said in the release. “No one has done more for the Coyotes or for the game of hockey in Arizona than Shane. We look forward to working with him for many years to come.”

Doan retired in 2017 after spending 21 seasons in the NHL, all of which were spent with the Arizona Coyotes franchise.

The forward left the ice as the team’s all-time leader in games played (1,540), shots (3,945), goals (402), assists (570), points (972), power-play goals (128) and game-winning goals (69).

“Shane Doan was a great player who played 21 seasons in the NHL,” Armstrong said in the release. “He is highly respected around the League and has a wealth of hockey knowledge to share. He will be a valuable addition to our hockey operations department and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

Doan spent time with the NHL operations department soon after retiring in 2017, attending general manager meetings and helping executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell.

The Coyotes drop the puck on the 2021 NHL regular season Thursday when they face off against the San Jose Sharks.

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