Maple Leafs officially name Shane Doan as special advisor to GM

New Toronto Maple Leafs special advisor to GM Shane Doan discusses his potential involvement in the Auston Matthews contract negotiations, saying he is open to helping the organization in any way possible.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have made it official, hiring former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan as special advisor to general manager Brad Treliving, the team announced Friday.

The role will include assisting with day-to-day hockey operations as assigned by Treliving.

The news was first reported on Thursday by ESPN’s Kevin Weekes and Sportsnet’s 590 The Fan’s Nick Kypreos.

Doan played his entire 1,570-game career with the Winnipeg Jets-Arizona Coyotes organization, the vast majority as captain, scoring 402 goals and 972 points.

The 46-year-old has a history with Treliving, who served as assistant general manager with the Phoenix Coyotes during Doan’s tenure.

“I am honoured to join the Toronto Maple Leafs in this role,” Doan said. “I am also thrilled to once again work alongside Brad Treliving and continue a working relationship that began during Brad’s time with the Coyotes.”

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After he retired in 2017, Doan joined the NHL front office and in 2021 he returned to the Coyotes as chief hockey development officer. Doan and the Coyotes parted ways in September 2022.

“We would like to congratulate Shane on his new role with Toronto,” Alex Meruelo, Coyotes owner, chairman and governor said via a Twitter statement. “No one has done more for the Coyotes or the game of hockey in Arizona than Shane.

“We wish him the best of luck in his new role, and he will always be a part of the Coyotes family.”

The Maple Leafs hired Treliving last week after parting ways with Kyle Dubas. The addition of Doan will add another interesting wrinkle to the team’s most-pressing piece of business: Negotiating a new contract with Auston Matthews, the Arizona native who grew up cheering for Doan’s Coyotes.

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