Just over three years after hanging up his skates, Shane Doan will make a comeback with the Arizona Coyotes, having accepted the title of director of hockey development on Monday.
In his new role, Doan will notably work in the team’s hockey department under the leadership of President Xavier Gutierrez. He will also be strategic advisor to owner Alex Meruelo and general manager Bill Armstrong.
“Shane Doan is a Coyotes legend,” Gutierrez began by saying in a statement. For the past 25 years, Shane has been an incredible ambassador for our organization and has represented the Coyotes with dignity and class. He is loved by our fans and we are delighted to find him with us, in his place. ”
Doan has spent his entire career with the organization, playing his first season with the Winnipeg Jets before moving to Arizona. He totaled 402 goals and 972 points in 1,540 games and his number 19 was retired in February 2019.
“I’m very excited and grateful for this opportunity,” said Doan. I’m extremely proud to have played my entire career with the Coyotes and all I want for this team is for them to be victorious on and off the ice. ”
The 44-year-old has worked in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the past three years.