Coyotes retire no. 19 of Shane Doan

Shane Doan (Wikimedia Commons)

The Arizona Coyotes retired the number 19 of Shane Doan of Halkirk, Alberta on Sunday in a pre-game ceremony between the Arizona Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Doan becomes the first Arizona Coyotes player to have his number retired.

Doan played 21 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes franchise. He had 402 goals and 570 assists for 972 points in 1540 regular season games. Doan is the Coyotes all-time leader in goals, assists, points, regular season games, power play goals (128), game winning goals (69), and shots on goal (3945).

Doan’s best offensive season came in 2007-08, when he set career highs in assists (50) and points (78). In 2009-2010, Doan won the King Clancy Award with the Coyotes.

Doan represented the Coyotes at two National Hockey League All-Star Games. The first came in 2004 and the second came in 2009. Known for his strong leadership skills, Doan also captained the Coyotes from 2003-2017.

Doan played his entire NHL career with the Jets/Coyotes organization. A right winger, he was originally the first round draft pick, seventh overall by the original Winnipeg Jets in the 1995 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Doan played one season for the Jets before the franchise controversially moved to Arizona on July 1, 1996.

On the ice, the Coyotes beat the Jets on Sunday by a score of 4-1. Arizona got three goals from Canadians. They were Brad Richardson of Belleville, Ontario, Lawson Crouse of London, Ontario and Josh Archibald of Regina, Saskatchewan. Crouse scored the game winning goal at 7:40 of the second period to break a 1-1 tie.

The Coyotes meanwhile are in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. They are currently only three points back of the Minnesota Wild for the eighth spot.

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