Doan Announces His Retirement
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.