Shane Doan joins Coyotes’ front office as Chief Hockey Development Officer


Shane Doan. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Shane Doan has returned to the Arizona Coyotes.

The franchise legend has officially joined the club’s front office as its Chief Hockey Development Officer, the team announced Monday.

Per the team’s release, Doan will report directly to Coyotes president and CEO Xavier Gutierrez while serving as a strategic advisor to owner Alex Meruelo and general manager Bill Armstrong, and will “support the club’s business and hockey operations departments and advise on major club decisions and initiatives.”

“I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Doan said via the club’s 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.”

Doan spent 21 years on the ice for the organization, amassing 402 goals and 972 points through 1,540 appearances with the club. The veteran won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2010 and the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2012.

“We are very excited to welcome Shane Doan back to the Coyotes organization,” Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo added, via the team’s 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.”

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