Same face, new role: Trevor Daley returns to Penguins as team advisor

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins are bringing back a familiar face to PPG Paints Arena, albeit in a different role than before.

Trevor Daley, who helped the Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016-17, announced his retirement as a player in the NHL but is coming back to the team as a hockey operations advisor.

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Daley, 37, will be based out of Pittsburgh and report directly to Rutherford, “assisting in player evaluations at the NHL and AHL level, as well as acting as an ‘eye in the sky’ for the coaching staff during games,” according to a release from the team.

“First, I would like to congratulate Trevor on an incredibly successful 16-year career,” Rutherford said in the release. “In addition to being a Stanley Cup Champion with us, he left us with a great impression due to his professional demeanor and quiet leadership qualities. Those traits, along with his desire to want to learn about the business side of the NHL, made him a great candidate to join our staff.”

Daley was one of Rutherford’s key acquisitions in the 2015-16 campaign that sparked the mid-season turnaround, eventually leading to the first of back-to-back championships. He appeared in 109 total regular-season games with the Penguins, recording 11 goals, 30 assists and 41 points.