Teppo Numminen remembers the first time he saw the Winnipeg Jets' first-round draft choice from 1995 -- a baby-faced winger out of Halkirk, Alberta who was long on bullish strength but short on style.
"He was a little choppy on the ice and that stick handling needed a lot of work," Numminen said, laughing at his own flashback of the 19-year-old Shane Doan
. "But his excitement for the game and his willingness to do whatever it took, that was there from the start. He made an impact right away and he just kept going."
Doan is still going strong at age 34. He's now the captain of the Phoenix Coyotes, the face and heartbeat of a long-struggling but now resurgent franchise in the desert.
One night after helping immensely to run his team's winning streak to eight-straight with a clutch, overtime goal in Tuesday's game in Philadelphia, Doan will pass Numminen -- one of his best friends in hockey -- to become the all-time leader in games played when the Coyotes go for nine-straight Wednesday night in Tampa Bay...
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