Friday, September 14, 2012
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed captain Shane Doan to a four-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
|Shane Doan |
“We are thrilled to sign Shane to a long-term contract,” said Maloney. “Shane is our captain and the heart and soul of our franchise. He is the consummate professional and one of the best leaders in the NHL. His loyalty, commitment, integrity and passion for the game epitomize everything you’d want in a player. It was a priority for us to sign him to a long-term deal so that he can play for the Coyotes for the remainder of his career.”
Doan, who was selected by the franchise with the seventh overall selection in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, has spent his entire career with the Coyotes/Jets organization and has played the most games in team history (1,198). He is the NHL’s active leader in most games played with one team. The 35-year-old native of Halkirk, Alberta ranks third in franchise history in goals (318), assists (470), points (788), and penalty minutes (1,071). He also ranks first in team history in game-winning goals (59) and third in power play goals (98). Doan has served as the Coyotes’ team captain since the beginning of the 2003-04 season.
“I’m extremely excited about remaining a Coyote,” said Doan. “I was drafted by this organization and it means a great deal to me to be able to play with the same franchise my entire career. I’m very excited about our team, our coaching staff and our management, and am confident about our future in Arizona. Last year’s playoff run was incredible and was one of the main reasons why I decided to stay with the Coyotes. I am committed to winning here, not anywhere else and I love living and playing in the Valley. This is my home and this is my team.”
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The 6-foot-1, 223-pound forward registered 22-28-50 and 48 penalty minutes (PIM) this past season, finishing third in team scoring. His 22 goals marked the 11th time in his career that he netted a 20-goal season. Doan recorded his 300th career tally versus Dallas on Oct. 25, 2011. The 17-year veteran also scored his first career NHL hat trick versus the New York Islanders on Jan. 7, 2012.
In the post-season, Doan recorded 5-4-9 and 41 PIM in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games while leading his team to the Western Conference Final. He tied for the team lead in scoring (2-2-4) during the Conference Semi-Final against Nashville, including scoring the game-winning goal in Game Four at Nashville on May 4.
Doan is a two-time NHL All-Star, appearing at both the 2004 and 2009 mid-season showcase. He was named to Team Canada for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, registering 2-1-3 in Torino, Italy (his first Olympic experience). He was also instrumental in Canada’s victory at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, scoring the game-winning goal in the third period of the tournament’s Final. In addition, Doan recorded 4-2-6 to help lead Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2003 IIHF World Championships.
Doan was this year’s recipient of the Mark Messier Leadership Award, given annually to the individual who is a superior leader in hockey and as a contributing member of society. Doan also received the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2009-10 and was a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award in the same year. He’s been named the Coyotes’ Team MVP four times (2003-04 and 2006-07 through 2008-09), and has received the Jukka Nieminen Memorial Trophy (Coyotes’ Hardest Working Player) five times (1999-00, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2007-08 and 2011-12).