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Coyotes Retire Doan's No. 19 Jersey

Team saluted longtime captain Shane Doan with 90-minute pre-game ceremony on Sunday night

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Our Captain: an Ode to Doan

Our Captain: an Ode to Doan

Shane Doan's legacy is about so much more than hockey. And for that we'll always be grateful

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GLENDALE -- The Coyotes retired longtime captain Shane Doan's No. 19 jersey on Sunday night with a 90-minute ceremony at Gila River Arena that featured career highlight videos, messages from Doan's friends, and a heartfelt speech from Doan, who played 1,540 games for the franchise over 21 seasons.

"It was amazing," Doan said afterward. "It was absolutely amazing ... I don't even know how to express it. I've been trying to say thank you for it since they announced it and I'm still trying to say thank you for it. It's one of those things that your gratitude and your appreciation, you can't express it in words. You can't express it to people. My emotions are all over the map ... Being able to do it with my kids on the ice and for them to be able to appreciate it and see it, it was so classy and so generous."

Doan spent much of his speech thanking those people who helped him make it to the NHL and also those people behind the scenes he knew and grew to love during his time spent in the League. He also spent considerable time thanking his parents, siblings, wife and children. And, of course, he thanked the fans. 

"You've made me feel I belong here in a thousand different ways," Doan said. "...The support I received here for over 21 years, and being able to wear the 'C' here, was amazing."

Doan was captain of the Coyotes from 2003-17, and he holds the franchise record for games (1,540), goals (402), assists (570) and points (972).

"Hockey gave me more joy than I could ever imagine," Doan said. "I was never the greatest player, a superstar or anything like that, but I kept hanging around. I found incredible meaning in taking this long journey."

Video: WPG@ARI: Doan reflects on career with Coyotes

Former teammates Daniel Briere and Tyson Nash, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman were among those who delivered memorable messages to Doan. 

"He is truly a captain of all times," Bettman said. "He truly is a leader who is respected and admired, and as I got to know Shane over the years, I'll tell you a couple of things: 1) He is truly a great guy with incredible integrity, and 2) this franchise wouldn't be here without him ... We thank Shane for everything he has given to this great game and this great hockey community."

Video: WPG@ARI: Bettman discusses Doan's impact on the game

Nash, one of Doan's best friends, got lots of laughs with his speech. He also came close to tears a few times speaking from the heart. 

"You've never met anyone worse at taking a compliment," Nash said of Doan. "But tonight you're going to sit there and take it ... 'Doaner' you were feared and you were respected. What a deadly combination ... One of the best to ever play ... It was an absolute privilege to play behind him as our captain ... 'Doaner' was a gift to us all."

Video: WPG@ARI: Tyson Nash on Doan as a teammate

Former teammates Teppo Numminen, Jeremy Roenick, Mike Gartner, Curtis Joseph, and Derek Morris, and Arizona sports icons Larry Fitzgerald, Kurt Warner and Luis Gonzalez were among the special guests on the ice with Doan during the ceremony.

"To all of my teammates, it was an absolute honor to play with you," Doan said during his speech. "I cannot express that enough."

After the speeches, Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson, on behalf of he and his teammates, presented Doan with a customized golf cart, and Team President and CEO Ahron Cohen presented Doan a Harley Davidson motorcycle on behalf of the team.

The finale of the ceremony featured the banner with Doan's name and No. 19 on it being raised to the rafters above the north goal. 

Video: WPG@ARI: Coyotes raise Doan's No. 19 to the rafters

After the ceremony, all of the players from the Coyotes and the Winnipeg Jets wore special warm-up jerseys with 'Doan' and the No. 19 on the back of them. Doan, of course, played the first season of his NHL career for Winnipeg before the franchise moved to Arizona in 1996.

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