Coy­otes cap­tain, Doan, re­tires after 21 sea­sons

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS -

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.”

Doan was se­lected by the Win­nipeg Jets with the sev­enth over­all pick of the 1995 NHL draft and fol­lowed the fran­chise to the desert the next year.

Doan racked up fran­chise records through longevity and pro­duc­tive­ness, be­com­ing the fran­chise’s all-time leader with 1,540 games, 402 goals, 570 as­sists and 128 power-play goals, among oth­ers.

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