Glenn Healy is leaving television to work for the NHL Players' Association as director of player affairs, it was announced on Tuesday.

"I am very excited to embark on this new and exciting challenge with the NHLPA," Healy said in a statement. "During my playing career, I was an active member of the association and I look forward to working with current and future members."

Healy retired from the NHL after the 2000-01 season and has worked as an analyst for Hockey Night in Canada and then TSN.

The 45-year-old will focus on player relations in his new role. He'll also serve as a non-voting member on the league's competition committee and will oversee the NHLPA's efforts regarding rule and equipment issues, and player safety matters.

"Through his experience as a player and his continued involvement in the game, there is no doubt Glenn will be a great addition," said NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly. "In his role, Glenn will bring a great deal of enthusiasm and knowledge to the association."

Healy played 437 career NHL games for Los Angeles, Toronto, the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders. He won a Stanley Cup ring as a backup with the Rangers in 1994.