When the Arizona Coyotes made the decision to not re-sign longtime captain Shane Doan it was a question of when, not if, the team was going to retire his number. Doan is a fan favorite and the career leader of nearly every Coyotes franchise record including games played, goals, assists, and points. Of course it made perfect sense that the team would want to retire number 19, but would Doan want to work with the team who decided to move on without him?
Thankfully things seem to have gotten better between the organization and Doaner, at least to the point where Doan is ready to have his jersey retired by the Arizona Coyotes. On the February 24th game against the Winnipeg Jets the Coyotes will retire number 19 and put Shane Doan in the Ring of Honor. Other members of the Ring of Honor include Bobby Hull, Dale Hawerchuk, and Thomas Steen who the Coyotes honor for their time in Winnipeg, Wayne Gretky whose number was retired by the league, and Keith Tkachuk, Teppo Numminen, and Jeremy Roenick.
Initially selected by the Winnipeg Jets number 7 overall Doan would spend one season with the Jets before the team relocated and became the then Phoenix Coyotes. He became the team’s third captain in 2003 and would stay with the Coyotes through the many years of instability that the franchise endured. While setting numerous franchise records, Doan would also win the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership qualities on and off the ice in 2010 and the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2012 along with representing the team at the All-Star Game in 2004 and 2009.
Shane Doan distinguished himself on and off the ice and became face of the franchise and of hockey in general in Arizona. While his parting with the team was less than ideal for a lot of fans, it’ll be great to see him honored by the team that he lead for so many years.