Arizona Coyotes forward Shane Doan, a mainstay of the organization for over 20 years since their days in Winnipeg, today announced his retirement after being released from the team, putting an end to his historic 21-year career in the league.
The seventh overall pick of the Jets in the 1995 Draft, Doan spent his rookie year in Winnipeg before the team moved to Phoenix in 1996, where he would eventually become team captain in 2003, serving in this capacity for his final 13 seasons. Doan retires as the franchise leader in all-time goals, points and games played, and is tied for 14th in most games played in league history; only three players have spent more time with the same organization than Doan (Gordie Howe, Nicklas Lidström and Alex Delvecchio) in league history. Doan retires as a two-time All Star, and was the winner of the King Clancy Trophy in 2010 and Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2012.
Due to the Coyotes’ playoff woes throughout his career, Doan often found himself available for Team Canada at the annual World Championships, suiting up for six championships, serving as captain from 2007-09. Doan captured Gold in 2003 and 2007, along with a trio of Silver medals in 2005, 2008 and 2009, being named Canada’s top player in 2007. For Canada however, Doan is best remembered as scoring the winning goal against Finland to capture the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, Canada’s first Cup since 1991. Doan was also named to Canada’s Olympic roster at the 2006 Turin Games.
Throughout his long career, Doan held the IHLC six times, winning first at the 1999 Worlds, with reigns at the Worlds in 2003, two times in 2005, and his final reign in 2007, along with in the lead-up to the 2004 World Cup. We wish Shane and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!