Coyotes captain Doan will retire
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan had chances to leave the desert for a better shot at winning the Stanley Cup.
Every time, he resisted the urge, a loyalty that cemented his legacy as one of the most beloved athletes in Valley of the Sun history.
Now, Doan is hanging up his skates, leaving as one of nine NHL players to play at least 21 seasons with the same franchise.
“I’ve been blessed and I’m so grateful for the fans and their support,” Doan wrote in a letter published by The Arizona Republic on Wednesday. “They stuck by me throughout my career and the ups and downs of the Coyotes. There are a lot of players with more skill than me and a lot more ability than me that didn’t ever get the type of appreciation that I got and the type of respect that the fans gave me, and I’m so grateful for that.”