GLENDALE – Many people were relieved Tuesday when the Coyotes officially introduced their new ownership group at a press conference inside Jobing.com Arena.
Team captain Shane Doan likely was one of the most relieved people in the building.
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“It’s been a long process and it’s over,” Doan said Tuesday. “I don’t think it’s even sunk in yet but I’m sure excited about it.”
Doan is one of only a handful of players who was on the team when it was placed into bankruptcy on May 6, 2009.
Doan, of course, raised eyebrows last summer when he signed a four-year contract extension with the team’s ownership situation still in limbo.
“Signing that contract was a big step, and maybe that was scrutinized a little bit by people - friends and family - as to whether it was the best decision,” Doan said. “Yet at the same time I knew it was right for us (his family). We were excited. We knew it (new ownership) was going to get done. We had faith.”
Doan was one of the last people to leave the press conference on Tuesday. Before he did, he spoke privately to key members of the ownership group about how excited he is for next season and how good he thinks the Coyotes can be now that the distractions surrounding the ownership situation are behind them.
He said he and his teammates are looking forward to not having to answer question after question about playing for a team that doesn’t have an owner.
“We’re excited about going forward,” he said.