SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ Bill Lesuk resigned after more than a decade as the Phoenix Coyotes franchise's director of scouting.

``The decision to make a change in my career was really a difficult one,'' Lesuk said in a statement released by the team Tuesday. ``I felt it was necessary for me at this stage in my life.''

He did not disclose his plans.

Lesuk was director of scouting for 11 years, but was associated with the Coyotes-Winnipeg Jets organization before that.

He signed with the Jets as a free agent in 1975, and played five years. After retiring from the NHL in 1980, Lesuk became a scout for the club. In 1989, he was named director of scouting.