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Nichol named Nashville’s director of player development

Jun 5, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT

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Scott Nichol is moving on to the next phase of his hockey career. The 38-year-old checking center has retired as a player and accepted a job as Nashville’s director of player development.

“As an organization that prides itself on developing homegrown talent, Scott Nichol will play a vital role in helping our prospects reach their full potential,” Predators general manager David Poile said in a release. “Scott was a player who had to work hard for everything in his career, and he will bring energy, enthusiasm and work ethic to this job. As a newly retired player he also has the ability to relate to players at all levels and help in their development.”

Drafted 272nd overall in 1993, Nichol appeared in 662 regular-season games in the NHL — 209 with the Preds — and finished his playing career with the St. Louis Blues.

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