Wednesday, June 2, 2010
GLENDALE, ARIZONA ---
The National Hockey League announced today that Phoenix Coyotes Captain Shane Doan
has been named as one of three finalists for the 2009-10 Mark Messier Leadership Award presented by Bridgestone, an award which recognizes an individual as a superior leader in hockey and as a contributing member of society. It honors an individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes. Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres were also named as finalists for the Mark Messier Leadership Award.
Mark Messier, a six-time Stanley Cup champion and 16-time NHL All-Star in his 25 NHL seasons who is widely viewed as one of the greatest sports leaders of all time, solicits suggestions from club and League personnel and NHL fans through NHL.com in compiling a list of potential candidates. However, the selection of the three finalists and the ultimate winner is Messier’s alone.
The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 23, during the 2010 NHL Awards that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada.
Doan has served as captain of the Coyotes for the past six seasons and has ingrained himself in the Arizona community ever since the organization moved from Winnipeg in 1996-97. He has established himself as a leader both on and off the ice and for years has been considered one of the most respected players in the game, as evidenced by his being selected as Team Canada’s captain at the World Championships for three straight years (2007-09).
Through a bankruptcy proceeding and relocation rumors to a coaching change late in the preseason, Doan kept the Coyotes together this year as they reached new heights on the ice, shattering the franchise records for wins (50) and points (107) in a single season. But most notably, amid the off-ice turmoil, Doan led his team to a place no one expected them to reach a year ago: the Stanley Cup Playoffs. His commitment to his teammates, franchise and Coyotes fans was most evident when, on Dec. 17, Doan became the 42nd player in NHL history to play 1,000 games with one franchise and the 24th player to do it with the team that drafted him.
Doan recently completed his 14th NHL season with the Coyotes/Jets organization and ranks among the franchise’s all-time leaders in games played (2nd, 1047), goals (3rd, 276), points (3rd, 678) and assists (4th, 402). He is also the club’s all-time leader in game-winning goals (48) and overtime goals (8). In 2009-10, Doan collected 18-37-55 while appearing in all 82 games while also collected 1-1-2 in the Coyotes’ first three playoff games before suffering an injury that sidelined him for the remainder of the postseason.
In the Arizona community, Doan has long been considered one of the most selfless professional athletes in a city that is home to four major professional sports teams. He serves as an ambassador for Coyotes Charities and works with a number of organizations including the United Blood Services, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Rescue Mission and Flashes of Hope, a nonprofit organization that arranges for professional photographers to visit terminally ill children and take uplifting family portraits.