Coy­otes’ Doan re­tires af­ter 21 sea­sons

Montreal Gazette - - SPORTS -

While the Arizona Coy­otes fran­chise epit­o­mized volatil­ity for years, Shane Doan was the one pil­lar of sta­bil­ity over more than two decades.

Doan an­nounced his re­tire­ment Wed­nes­day, less than three months af­ter the NHL club de­cided not to of­fer the 40-year-old a con­tract for the 2017-18 sea­son.

The Al­berta na­tive, who played his en­tire 21-sea­son ca­reer with the same fran­chise (the Arizona and Phoenix Coy­otes and Win­nipeg Jets), is the fran­chise leader in games played, goals, as­sists, points, power-play goals and game-win­ning mark­ers. He was drafted sev­enth over­all by the Win­nipeg Jets in 1995, play­ing one sea­son in the Man­i­toba cap­i­tal be­fore the team shuf­fled off to the desert.

In­sta­bil­ity has plagued the fran­chise re­gard­ing own­er­ship and po­ten­tial re­lo­ca­tion, but the Coy­otes could al­ways count on Doan, who was among the long­est-serv­ing cap­tains in NHL his­tory.

A two-time all-star, Doan scored at least 20 goals in 13 sea­sons and topped 50 points 11 times with a ca­reer high of 78 points in the 200708 sea­son. He won the King Clancy Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for lead­er­ship on and off the ice in 2010 and the Mark Messier Lead­er­ship Award in 2012. He scored 402 goals and notched 570 as­sists for 972 points over his NHL ca­reer.

He re­called the ex­cite­ment of his first NHL game on Oct. 7, 1995, and said he “prob­a­bly” knew April 8, 2017, would be his last NHL game.

“I felt an in­de­scrib­able wave of emo­tion to have the sup­port that I’ve had over the years from the fans through­out all of the un­cer­tainty,” Doan wrote in the Arizona Repub­lic. “You have al­ways de­fended me and sup­ported me. Play­ing in front of you has hon­estly been one of the great­est ex­pe­ri­ences of my life.”

Doan’s ser­vices are be­ing con­sid­ered for the 2018 Cana­dian Olympic team. Gen­eral manager Sean Burke said he has reached out to Doan’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

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