Thursday, April 23, 2009
-- Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan
has been named captain of Team Canada for the 2009 IIHF World Hockey Championship, which opens tomorrow in Switzerland.
Doan, a native of Halkirk, Alberta, will serve as Canada’s team captain at the World Championship for the third consecutive year. After recording 5-5-10 in nine games to lead Canada to the gold medal in 2007, he helped guide them to the silver medal in 2008 by recording 2-4-6 in nine games. Doan has also served as the Coyotes’ captain for the last five seasons.
Doan, 32, finished the 2008-09 season as the Coyotes’ leading scorer for the fifth consecutive year with 73 points on a career-high 31 goals and 42 assists while appearing in all 82 games. He led the Coyotes in goals, assists, points, power play goals (10), shots (230) and tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (4). In addition, Doan joined Dale Hawerchuk and Keith Tkachuk as the only players in team history to record nine consecutive 20-goal seasons while also posting back-to-back 70-point campaigns for the first time in his career.
Doan has played for Team Canada seven times in his career. In addition to winning the silver medal in last year’s World Championship and the gold medal in 2007, he also represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, won a silver medal with Canada at the 2005 World Championship in Austria and captured the World Cup in 2004. In 2003, he helped lead Team Canada to a gold medal at the World Championship in Finland. He also represented Canada at the 1999 World Championship in Norway.
Doan was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round (7th overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He has played his entire career (13 seasons) with the Coyotes/Jets franchise and ranks 2nd in franchise history in games played (965) and 4th in goals (258), assists (365) and points (623). He is also the club’s all-time leader in game-winning goals (44).
Dany Heatley and Chris Phillips of the Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis and Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber were named alternate captains for Canada.
Coyotes forwards Matthew Lombardi and Scottie Upshall will also play for Team Canada.