Toronto Maple Leafs Hire Longtime NHL Player & Coyotes Legend

Shane Doan, who had a remarkable career with the Arizona Coyotes since being drafted in 1995, is reportedly set to depart from the organization.

According to multiple sources, Doan is expected to join the Toronto Maple Leafs as a special assistant to General Manager Brad Treliving.

The news initially broke in Nick Kypreos' column and gained further support from Kevin Weekes, who revealed the story online.

Doan's unexpected departure from the Coyotes surprised many at the NHL Combine in Buffalo. Speculation suggests that the strong bond between Treliving and Doan played a significant role in the move, with insiders highlighting their close relationship and Treliving's persuasive abilities.

As a long-time member of the Coyotes organization, Doan holds numerous franchise records, including games played, goals, assists, and points.

After retiring in 2017, he served as the Coyotes' chief development officer before parting ways with the team in September 2022.

It is expected that Doan will assume a similar role with the Maple Leafs, similar to Jason Spezza's position as a special assistant under former Leafs General Manager Kyle Dubas.

Doan's experience extends beyond the NHL, having served as the general manager for Canada's national team in world championships and Olympics.

Both Doan and Treliving are known supporters of Hockey Canada. Additionally, Doan has a longstanding connection with Leafs players Auston Matthews and Matthew Knies, as he previously coached Knies during his younger years and shares ties to the Phoenix area. Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports