While the waiting game to find out if Shane Doan’s playing days are over continues, another member of the Arizona legend’s family is just getting his own hockey career started.
15-year-old Josh Doan was selected by the Kamloops Blazers on Thursday in the 9th round, 190th overall in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, the same team his dad played for during his journey to the NHL during the early 1990s.
In the 9th round, 190th overall the Blazers have taken F Josh Doan from Arizona. Shane Doan's son.— Kamloops Blazers (@blazerhockey) May 4, 2017
Josh Doan, a member of the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes organization, led the Tier 1 Elite League’s Major Bantam division in assists last season with 7, while also scoring 3 goals in the 8-game-long campaign. The 5-foot 5-inch forward also scored 3 goals in 6 playoff games in 2017. As a draftee of Kamloops, Josh Doan is now “protected” by the British Columbian side, but will not be able to participate in a full WHL season until he turns 16 years old, per league rules.
The younger Doan will surely hope to emulate the successes of his father during his time in western Canada. Shane Doan played three seasons with the Blazers from 1992-95, appearing in 174 games and scoring 68 goals with a total of 161 points. In 1995, the now-Coyotes’ captain led Kamloops to both a WHL and a Memorial Cup title, scoring 16 points in 21 playoff games to solidify his NHL draft stock; he was selected 7th overall by Winnipeg that same year and played in 74 NHL games in 1995-96.
Josh Doan was not the only Arizona product to be drawn into one of the top junior hockey leagues on Thursday. Coleton Panowyk (Regina, 4th round), Riley Stuart (Tri-City, 5th round), Jeff Montoya (Lethbridge, 7th round), Trey Taylor (Portland, 9th round), and Daylan Kuefler (Kamloops, 10th round) were the other Jr. Coyotes products selected, while Arizona Bobcats players Erik Atchison (Spokane, 5th Round), Hunter Hastings (Spokane, 8th round), Mark Gordon (Victoria, 9th round), and Andrew Ramsey (Victoria, 12th round) will also all get a chance to play in the Canadian Hockey League’s western-most sub-division.