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Coyotes captain Doan sets franchise record for goals

by NHL | / Arizona Coyotes

Shane Doan set a record for goals for the Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes franchise when he scored No. 380 in the first period Thursday at Gila River Arena.

Doan, the Coyotes captain, scored 9:28 into the period against the second iteration of the Jets to break a tie with Dale Hawerchuk.

"It's a special thing because of who Dale Hawerchuk is and what kind of player he was," Doan said this week. "But let's be honest: He got his 379 in half as many games (713). It took me a lot longer to catch up to him."

Doan played his 1,422nd game Thursday, all with Winnipeg/Arizona. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 7, 1995, with Winnipeg, playing one season there before the franchise moved and became the Phoenix Coyotes.

Hawerchuk last played for Winnipeg in the 1989-90 season (his ninth) and finished his NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers. He scored 518 goals in 1,188 games.

"When you play the game, you play hard, you compete and you want to win every night," Hawerchuk said. "If there are some records along the way, that's great, but it's not why you're there.

"Now that it's come to fruition for him, I'm so happy for Shane because he's such a great guy and he has been a part of that franchise for so long."

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