Shane Doan spent his career playing for the Arizona Coyotes franchise, going all the way back to its final days in Winnipeg before relocating. During those 21 seasons he played in more games, scored more goals and collected more points than any other player in the history of the franchise. He is literally at the top of the leaderboard in pretty much … everything.
Given that, it is only fitting that he will become the first player in the history of the Coyotes franchise to have his jersey retired.
The Coyotes announced on Wednesday that they will retire his No. 19 prior to their Feb. 24 game this season when the team plays host to the Winnipeg Jets (also fitting given that, again, Doan’s career technically started in Winnipeg after being selected No. 7 overall in 1995, one year before the team relocated to Arizona).
“Shane Doan is Mr. Coyote and a Valley icon,” said Coyotes’ President & CEO Ahron Cohen in a statement released by the way. “No one has done more for the Coyotes or the game of hockey in Arizona than Shane. For the past 22 years, Shane has been an incredible ambassador for our franchise and has represented the Coyotes with class, dignity and professionalism. He has given his heart and soul to the Coyotes and is most deserving of this tremendous honor.”
During his career Doan scored 402 goals and recorded 972 points in 1,540 games.
He retired following the 2016-17 season.
“I am extremely grateful to be the first Coyotes player to have his jersey retired,” said Doan in the team’s statement. “I am so proud to have played my entire career for the Coyotes because loyalty and commitment mean everything to me. I want to thank the entire Coyotes organization for this incredible honor. It means so much to my family and me. I have so many great memories wearing the Coyotes jersey and I look forward to celebrating this special night with friends, family and all our great Coyotes fans. I can’t wait.”
Currently the Coyotes have six players included in their “ring of honor,” including Coyotes players Keith Tkachuk (No. 7), Jeremy Roenick (No. 97), and Teppo Numminem (No. 27), as well as Jets players Thomas Steen (No. 25), Bobby Hull (No. 9), and Dale Hawerchuk (No. 10).
During his career Doan appeared in two All-Star games and won the 2009-10 King Clancy Award.
Doan appeared in the playoffs nine times, including the 2011-12 postseason where the team went on an improbable run to the Western Conference Final. Doan scored five goals and added four assists during the 16 playoff games that season.
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