Coy­otes cap­tain Doan will re­tire

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS -

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.”

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