Shane Doan is an Arizona sports legend and his legacy has been cemented as he was inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame yesterday. The 2017 class of inductees includes Doan, former Phoenix Suns player Dan Majerle, Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, NCAA championship wrestler Anthony Robles, and former Arizona Republic sports columnist Paola Boivin.
This year's Arizona Sports Hall of Fame inductees:— Josh Frigerio, ABC15 (@JoshFrigerio) September 12, 2017
- Bill Bidwill
- Shane Doan
- Anthony Robles
- Dan Majerle
- Paola Boivin
The criteria for induction are the person has to be either: A native of Arizona, immediately recognized as an Arizonian, or has made at least two significant contributions in the athletic community in the State of Arizona. Doan, having played 20 years of his career with the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes, was absolutely synonymous with hockey in the desert. Additionally, he holds the franchise records in Games Played (1540), Goals (402), Assists (570), Points (972), Even Strength Goals (268), Power Play Goals (128), Game-Winning Goals (69), and Shots (3,945) according to Hockey-Reference.com.
After the induction ceremony, to be held on November 1, Doan will join the likes of Curt Schilling, Kerri Strug, Jake Plummer, Charles Barkley, and Luis Gonzalez. One thing sets Doan apart from every other player, he is the first hockey player to ever be inducted. It is only fitting that one of the pioneers of hockey in the desert would also be the first hockey player inducted into the Hall of Fame, but assuredly he won’t be the last. Doan helped inspire native Arizonans like Lyndsey Fry, Zac Larazza, Auston Matthews and many others to play hockey and that may be his greatest contribution of all.