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COYOTES RE-SIGN SHANE DOAN TO FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
Photo Credit: Norm Hall

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced that the Coyotes have re-signed team captain and right wing Shane Doan to a five-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Doan, who was chosen by the franchise with the 7th overall selection in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, has spent his entire career with the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets organization and has played the 3rd most games in team history (775).  The native of Halkirk, Alberta also ranks 5th in franchise history in goals (191) and 6th in assists (261), points (452), and penalty minutes (759).  He ranks 2nd in team history in game-winning goals (33) and 5th in power-play goals (55).  Doan is the only player still with the Coyotes who skated for the Winnipeg Jets prior to the franchise's move to Arizona in 1996.

"I'm extremely excited to remain a Coyote," said Doan. "I was drafted by this organization and it means a great deal to me to be able to play with this franchise my entire career. I am very excited about our team, coaches and management and I am confident about our future. I chose to stay with the Coyotes because I love this city and our fans and I want to win here, not anywhere else."

Doan, 30, has served as the Coyotes' team captain since the 2003-04 season and has led the club in scoring in each of the past two seasons.  The 6-foot-2, 216-pound forward shared the team lead in goals last season recording 30 goals for the first time in his career.  He also led the Coyotes with 27 goals in 2003-04.

''This signing tells you as much about Shane Doan the person as Shane Doan the player," said Barnett.  "After establishing himself over 11 seasons in the NHL as an elite player, he was only months away from finding out his value in an open market as a total free agent.  All 30 teams would most certainly have knocked on his door.  Nonetheless, Shane instead elected to remain committed to the organization that gave him his first chance to be an NHL'er.  His is not a decision that we take lightly.  We are all proud to have Shane Doan continue to bring his class and his skills to the Phoenix Coyotes.''

Doan currently leads the Coyotes with 19 goals this season.  He has also collected 16 assists and 35 points as well as 48 penalty minutes in 47 games played.  Doan leads the Coyotes in power-play goals (8) and shares the team lead in game-winning goals (5) this season.  He has registered 13-10-23 over his last 22 games.

"We are extremely pleased to sign Shane to a long-term contract," said Coyotes' Managing Partner/Head Coach Wayne Gretzky. "Shane is the face of our franchise and our best player. He is a great captain and leader and an even better person. He has a great work ethic, plays hard every night and is one of our most active players in the community. We are thrilled to have him in a Coyotes uniform for the next five years."

Doan played in his first NHL All-Star Game in 2004.  He was also named to Team Canada for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games and tallied 2-1-3 in Torino in his first Olympic experience.  He helped Canada win the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, scoring the game-winning goal in the third period of the tournament's Final.  Doan also registered 4-2-6 to help lead Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2003 World Championships.

Doan was named the Coyotes' Team MVP for 2003-04 and was also honored as co-winner of the club's Man of the Year award that season.  He garnered the Coyotes' Hardest Working Player honor in 1999-00, 2001-02, and 2002-03.

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