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Dan Hinote spent nine seasons in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues. ((Gregory Shamus/Getty Images))

The Columbus Blue Jackets have hired former NHL forward Dan Hinote as their new assistant coach, the team announced Thursday.

Hinote is the latest member of new Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel's coaching staff, and Arniel said Hinote brings a wealth of experience and sterling work ethic to his new club.

"As a player, Dan was a leader who put the team first and was very well-respected, so I think he is going to be a real asset to our coaching staff," Arniel said in a release. "His recent experience as a player, including winning a Stanley Cup, combined with his enthusiasm and work ethic will allow him to relate very well to the young players on our team."

Hinote spent nine seasons in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues before announcing his retirement as a player after spending the 2009-10 season playing in the Swedish Elite League for Modo.

The 33-year-old was also part of the Avalanche team that captured the Stanley Cup championship in 2001.