Doan Announces His Retirement

by | Aug 30, 2017 | News, NHL, Rumors | 8 comments

Former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan hangs up his skates.

Long-time Arizona Coyotes right wing Shane Doan has announced his retirement after 21 NHL seasons. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doan began his NHL career with the old Winnipeg Jets in 1995-96 and moved with the club to Arizona the following season, where he spent the remainder of his professional tenure. He holds the franchise records for games played (1,540), (goals (402), assists (570) and points (972).

Doan’s performance noticeably declined last season, netting only 27 points in 74 games after tallying 28 points and 47 points in 72 games in 2015-16. In June, the Coyotes announced they would not be re-signing the 40-year-old free agent.

In his prime, Doan was a physical two-way winger who reached the 20-goal mark 13 times and 40 points 14 times. He was also very loyal to a Coyotes franchise that saw more bad times than good during his tenure, including several ownership changes, an arena debacle in Glendale and continuous uncertainty over its future in Arizona. 

Over Doan’s long career, he appeared in just 55 playoff games. His most notable playoff run came in 2012, captaining the Coyotes to the Western Conference Finals.  

Doan played for Canada in six World Championships, winning gold in 2003 and 2007. He also played for Canada’s gold-medal club in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and skated in the 2006 Winter Olympics.



  1. Good luck to him. His garbage hit on tanger has and always will sour me on the type of player he was.

  2. Sort of surprised that he chose to retire now. I guess he wasn’t getting any offers. I figured he would have one more go this season on a team who could make use of his veteran leadership (I was one of those who secretly wished he signed in the Peg for this season).
    He has definitely had a good and memorable career, however I echo Chrisms on that lousy hit on Letang as being his only major blemish.

    I guess with this, there are no more active players from the original Jets team in the league.

  3. Can’t question his loyalty I suppose. It certainly made sure he won absolutely nothing in his career. The Coyotes should just go away! Or move to a Canadian market that wants hockey.

    • until the next time the c dollar bombs and more teams move south.

  4. Just happy that’s one of the 3 old guys that the Flames keep getting rumored to possibly sign. Now if we can get Iggy and Jags to retire the ridiculous rumors can stop.

    • Good point Hockey83

    • Iginla & Jagr have a lot more to bring to the table than Doan did, at least offensively.

  5. Just wanted to say to all north of the border hockey fans that without the 96′ Coyotes and Shane Doan I wouldn’t have discovered NHL hockey. Now much wiser and older I appreciate that team and all those that played for them.

    Not everybody is born with ice all around and skates, some of us down here discovered it much later in life.

    Thanks Shane