COLUMBUS, OHIO – Former Columbus Blue Jackets center Tyler Wright has joined the National Hockey League club's hockey operations department as development coach, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
In his new role, Wright primarily will work with young players throughout the organization, assisting with the development of prospects playing in the professional minor leagues, various major junior leagues and college hockey.
"Tyler Wright is an original Blue Jacket who was known for his tremendous leadership and competitiveness," said Howson. "We know that his work ethic and professional attitude will continue in his new role and he will be a great resource for our young players and prospects."
Wright was selected by Columbus in the 2000 Expansion Draft and spent four-plus seasons with the club. He registered 57 goals and 51 assists for 108 points with 436 penalty minutes in 309 games as a Blue Jacket and ranks second on the club in career penalty minutes and fourth in games played. He also served as an alternate captain during the 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons. His best campaign was the inaugural 2000-01 season when he posted a career-high 16-16-32 and a team-leading 140 penalty minutes.
"I'm very proud and excited to return to the Blue Jackets and am grateful for the opportunity to move into the next phase of my hockey career with an organization that means so much to me," said Wright. "My family and I love Columbus and I can't wait to get started."
Wright appeared in 613 games in 13 NHL seasons, tallying 79-70-149 and 854 penalty minutes with the Blue Jackets, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers. Edmonton's first pick, 12th overall, in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, he also represented Team Canada at the 1992 and 1993 (gold medal) World Junior Championships and 2002 World Championships.
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