"The connection between the two (organizations) is obviously there, and you can't deny that. You get excited about that. You get excited about people getting emotional about their team. The fans of Winnipeg love their Jets. They're going to be passionate about their team. They're not going to take kindly to anyone playing against them." -- Shane Doan
When Doan last played hockey in this city for the original Winnipeg Jets, he was a 19-year-old NHL rookie battling the attendant pressures of being a first-round selection with a club facing relocation. Doan played 74 games with the original Jets in that 1995-96 season, notching 7 goals, before the club moved to Phoenix.
Doan needed some time to evolve into the franchise player he is now. He spent half a season in the American Hockey League at one point and did not break out until his fifth pro season, when he scored 26 goals for the 1999-2000 Coyotes. Doan's 1,142 NHL games lead the franchise, and he trails only Nicklas Lidstrom and Martin Brodeur among active players for the most games played with one team. Along the way, Doan also built a family and became a key public face for the Coyotes in the competitive Phoenix sports market.