Hockey Canada announced today that Coyotes’ captain Shane Doan has been named captain of Team Canada for the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow, Russia. The tournament begins today and runs through May 13.
Doan, 30, is participating in his fourth World Championship. After making his World Championship debut in 1999, he helped lead Canada to a gold medal in 2003 and a silver medal in 2005. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound right wing won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey with Team Canada, scoring the game-winning goal in the final, and played in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
Doan has served as captain for the Coyotes for the past three seasons and was an alternate captain for the team two previous campaigns. Doan led the Coyotes in goals (27), assists (28), and points (55) this season. It marked the third consecutive season that the Halkirk, Alberta native led the Coyotes in scoring.
Doan was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round (7th overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He has played his entire NHL career (11 seasons) with the Coyotes/Jets franchise and ranks 3rd in franchise history in games played (803), 5th in goals (199), 5th in assists (273) and 6th in points (472).
Doan is one of four Coyotes’ players participating in tournament along with Keith Ballard (U.S.A.), Zbynek Michalek (Czech Republic), and Niko Kapanen (Finland). Coyotes’ Equipment Manager Stan Wilson and Athletic Therapist Chris Broadhurst will also be on the bench for Team Canada at the World Championship. Barry Smith, who served as an associate coach for the Coyotes the past two seasons, is associate head coach for Team U.S.A.
Doan and Team Canada will face Germany in their first game of the 2007 IIHF World Championship on Saturday.