Coyotes captain, Doan, retires after 21 seasons
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.