O’ Captain! My Captain!

Leader, Strong, Skillful, Powerhouse, Force, Inspiration, Good man, Captain. All these words describe one man,  and that man is Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan. Doan  is one of only three active players in the NHL that have played with the Winnipeg Jets, the other two are Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne.  Throughout his career Shane Doan  has been a captain on and off the ice, from the WHL to  being the captain of the Coyotes.

Shane Doan’s playing career began in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Kamloops Blazers. Doan played in the WHL for three seasons from  1992-1993 to 1994-1995. He played in 174 games for the Blazers, and in those games he scored 68 goals and added 87 helpers. The Blazers won the Memorial Cup in 1995, which was Doans most productive year in the WHL. During the championship season Doan played in 71 games scored 37 goals and had 57 assists. Shane’s great play continued into the playoffs. In 21 games Doan scored six goals and had 10 assists. With those numbers Doan received the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy for Memorial Cup MVP.

After his breakthrough season in 1995, Doan entered the NHL draft and was drafted in the first round, seventh overall by the Winnipeg Jets. Doan made the transition from junior to the NHL without playing in the AHL. Doan tallied 17 points in his rookie season, while scoring seven goals and adding 10 assists.

In 1996-1997 the Winnipeg Jets made the move to dessert and became the Phoenix Coyotes, and Doan was along for the ride. In his first year in the dessert Doan began the season with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL before meeting up with the team in Arizona for the second half of the season..The following years were a struggle for Doan, until 2001when he played in 76 games, scored 26 goals and had 37 assists. In 2003 Teppo Numminen departed with the team, leaving the captaincy open, and Doan stepped in and has been captain ever since.

Shane Doan is the backbone of the franchise, and is the on ice and off  ice leader of this young team. Those qualities earned him the King Clancy Memorial Trophy which is given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a contribution to his community. In 2012 Doan was the winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award, this is given to the player who is a superior leader within their sport and is a contributing member of society.

Last season the Coyotes won their first division title since moving to the dessert making it to the Western Conference Finals, before losing to the LA Kings, who would eventually go on and win the Stanley Cup. Last year was Doan’s most productive year of his career. Doan scored 50 points (22 goals and 28 assists). For the first time in his 16 year career, Doan recorded a hat trick on Jan. 7 in his 1,161st game.

As you can see throughout his 16 year career Doan has been leader on and off the ice, winning the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the Mark Messier Leadership Award. With the Kamloops Blazers, Winnipeg Jets, and Phoenix Coyotes, Shane Doan is a first ballad Hall of Famer, and a consiment professional

Leader, Strong, Skillful, Powerhouse, Force, Inspiration, Good man, Captain. That is Shane Doan.

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One response to “O’ Captain! My Captain!

  1. Doan may wish he took Buffalo up on their offer last year. Now he is skating in a sand box with no way out.
    Helper Sports

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