Popular Gilmour returns to Leafs as talent evaluator

Updated: September 15, 2006, 6:10 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Doug Gilmour, whose passionate style of play made him a Toronto fan favorite, has returned to the Maple Leafs as a talent evaluator.

"I'm going to give it all the effort I have and at times give an opinion," said Gilmour. "Whether it's right or wrong, they'll decide that."

The 43-year-old Gilmour, who quit as a player three years ago after 1,474 NHL games with Calgary, St. Louis, Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, New Jersey and Montreal, said he also is considering coaching.

"That's a decision I'll figure out in the next couple of years," he said. "Because I'm not that far removed from the game, I have some passion for the coaching side."

Gilmour, the Leafs' captain from 1994 to 1997, was an observer during the Leafs' rookie camp and was at the team's first on-ice workouts Friday, when assistant general manager John Ferguson announced the hiring.

"Bringing Doug back into the organization on this side of the business is going to allow us to use his experience, his passion, his competitiveness -- those intangibles -- to drive them into the organization," Ferguson said. "I couldn't be more pleased to bring him back and make him part of our future."

Gilmour twice played for the Leafs and retired as a member of the team after suffering a serious knee injury in 2003.

Gilmour won a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989.

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