Doan Named MVP
On Sunday afternoon, the Phoenix Coyotes announced the winners of the club's 2006-07 season team awards. Coyotes' captain Shane Doan earned the team MVP Award, the Applebee's 3-Star Award, and the Coyotes' Leading Scorer Award. Defenseman Keith Ballard won the Hardest Working Player Award and left wing Josh Gratton won the Man of the Year Award.
Doan, in his 11th NHL season (all with the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets), led all Coyotes players with 27-27-54 in only 72 games to win the team's Leading Scorer Award. He missed 9 games with a back injury in October and November. Doan earned 65 "3-Star" points throughout the 2006-07 Coyotes regular season to earn the Applebee's 3-Star Award. Doan was also selected as the team MVP by the Coyotes traveling media (The Arizona Republic, East Valley Tribune, and the Coyotes' broadcast team). In addition to leading the Coyotes in goals, assists, and points, Doan led the club with 11 power-play goals, 7 game-winning goals, 205 shots, and 156 hits. He will represent Canada at the World Championships in Russia later this month.
Ballard won the Hardest Working Player Award as voted on by fans through PhoenixCoyotes.com. In his second NHL season, Ballard has quickly become a fan favorite with his hard-nosed style of play, collecting 5-22-27 and 59 PIM while playing in 69 games. He ranks 2nd on the Coyotes in hits (130) and 2nd on the team in blocked shots (135). He also ranked 3rd among defensemen on the team in points with 5-22-27 and 3rd overall on the team in time on ice per game (21:59).
Gratton, 25, earned the Man of the Year Award by demonstrating dedication, commitment and passion to the community during the 2006-07 season. Gratton was the Coyotes' most active player in the community during the season, making numerous appearances to local area schools. He also found time to visit many of the young patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital and Banner Children's Hospital, providing the children with hope and memorable experiences.