Former captain Shane Doan is returning to the Arizona Coyotes as their chief hockey development officer, the team announced on Monday.

Doan will also serve as a strategic advisor to team owner Alex Meruelo and general manager Bill Armstrong.

"I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity," Doan said. "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 (Gutierrez, Coyotes President & CEO Xavier) and Bill and I can't wait to get started."

Doan played his entire NHL career with the Coyotes' franchise, including spending the final 13 seasons as the team's captain.

He retired in 2017 as the franchise's all-time leader in games played (1,540), goals (402), assists (570), points (972), power-play goals (128) and game-winning goals (69). Doan was selected by the Winnipeg Jets with the seventh overall pick of the 1995 NHL Draft.

"Shane Doan is a Coyotes legend and a Valley icon," Gutierrez said. "For the past 25 years, Shane has been an incredible ambassador for our franchise and has represented the Coyotes with dignity and class. He is beloved by our fan base and we are thrilled to have him back with us where he belongs."

Doan was named to the NHL All-Star Game in 2004 and 2009 and captured the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award in 2012.

"Shane Doan was a great player who played 21 seasons in the NHL," Armstrong said. "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."

--Field Level Media

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