After 21 terrific seasons in the NHL, Shane Doan has officially called it a career. The 40-year-old veteran of 1,540 career games will always be remembered for his on and off ice contributions to hockey. In 1995 when the Arizona Coyotes were still in Winnipeg before they relocated, Doan was selected by the team seventh overall in the first round of the Entry Draft after strong seasons in the WHL.
From 1992-93 to 1994-95, Doan played for the Kamloops Blazers. And in doing so helped the team earn back to back Memorial Cup victories as the top team in the CHL in 1993-94 and 1994-95. He played a total of 174 games in the WHL putting up 68 goals and adding 93 assists for 161 points with 259 penalty minutes.
After he was drafted by Winnipeg he would step into the NHL right away and in his rookie season, he played 74 games putting up 17 points. The following year Winnipeg was on the move to the state of Arizona to become the Phoenix Coyotes, but Doan would stay there his entire career.
He made a brief stop in the AHL during the 1997-98 season appearing in 39 games for the Springfield Falcons but after that, it was all Phoenix. In 2000-01 Doan was assigned as one of the teams alternate captains, he would hold that “A” on his jersey for the next two years before finally earning the “C” in 2003-04.
He would be the team’s captain for the next 12 seasons, his best year statistically came in 2007-08 when in 80 games he tallied 28 goals and 50 assists for 78 points. He also put up 59 penalty minutes that season with a plus/minus rating of plus four. He finished the NHL with 402 goals, 570 assists, and 972 points in those 1,540 games with 1,353 penalty minutes as well as a career minus 54 rating which isn’t bad for 21 years in the NHL with some pretty weak Arizona teams.
But besides the NHL, Doan is still active in the WHL as he has been the Kamloops franchise owner from 2007-08 to the present day. And he has also played a lot of international hockey as well with some success. In 2002-03 he’d win a World Championship Gold medal for Team Canada, a World Cup Gold medal in 2003-04, a World Championship Silver medal in 2004-05, a World Championship Gold medal in 2006-07, a World Championship Silver medal in 2007-08, and finally another World Championship Silver medal in 2008-09.
He leaves the franchise as the leader in Points, Goals, Assists, Penalty Minutes, and Games Played. He’s definitely going to be missed in that locker room and around the rest of the NHL. And it’s very likely that Doan will have his number retired and raised to the rafters either this season or next, and he definitely deserves it.