It is always great in professional sports when a player spends his whole career with one team.
Unfortunately, something like that is very rare nowadays. With things like free agency, trades, contract squabbles, players get moved let and right, being a one-team career player is unheard of. For one former NHLer, this was really never the case. In fact, this retired player spent his entire 21-year career with the same franchise.
Shane Doan is the man we are talking about. Basically put, former Winnipeg Jet (original one)/Arizona Coyote was the man for this franchise. Doan will be the first Coyote to have his jersey retired on February 24th, 2019. Ironically, the team will be playing the new Winnipeg Jets that night.
Doan did everything and more for this franchise. As a player, he compiled 402 goals and 570 assists for 972 points in 1540 games.
Considering the players that were on the various Coyotes’ teams he was a part of, those numbers are quite impressive. For a very long time, this team had a lot of trouble putting the puck in the net and creating offense. Nevertheless, Doan turned out to be the club’s most consistent offensive player year in and year out.
Doan was also a guy that stuck up for his teammates, was not afraid to hit opponents, and also never seemed to mind dropping the gloves when he had to. As a result, he racked up 1,353 penalty minutes in his terrific career.
He was also a tremendous leader. He was the longest serving team captain until his retirement as he served as the Coyotes’ captain from 2003 to 2017.
Doan was also a leader off the ice for the franchise. Back in 2007, he and his wife were awarded the Pat Tillman Community Leadership Award for the charitables endeavors they took on. The Doan’s have hosted events at schools, went to visit sick children in hospitals, organized charity golf tournaments, donated holiday gifts to hospital patients, and did food drives as well. Besides being fully invested in the Coyotes, the Doan’s were also fully invested in the Arizona community.
The jersey retirement is more than well deserved for Doan. He symbolized all that was good with the Coyotes and did everything and more that was asked of him.
It should be a great and emotional ceremony come February. It will be something that Doan, his family, and the franchise will never forget.