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Josh Doan: 'I'm Just Enjoying Every Second I Can'

Development camp update with Coyotes 2021 second-round pick

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

Hockey season is unofficially, officially underway with the start of 2021 prospect development camp at Gila River Arena. Thirty-four players are attending the camp, which runs September 9-13 and is capped off with an intrasquad scrimmage Monday, 6 p.m. 

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Josh Doan is participating in his first professional camp, less than two months after he was selected No. 37 overall in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Doan, 19, a forward, recorded 31 goals and 70 points in 53 games with the Chicago Steel (USHL) last season and participated in July's USA Hockey 2021 World Junior Summer Showcase.

"I feel good," he said about the first few days of the Coyote camp. "It's been fun getting to know all the guys and all the coaches here."

"It's definitely been different then when I was (a kid) running around," said Josh, the son of Coyotes legend Shane Doan. "There is more of a professional tone to it now. It's pretty competitive out on the ice, and I'm just enjoying it every second I can." 

Doan will be a freshman this fall at Arizona State University, where he'll play on the Sun Devils' Division-I hockey team. 

"I've moved in (on ASU campus) and I've been living down there with my roommates," Doan said. "We've been practicing as a team now for two weeks, and it's been awesome. The guys are great and the people there are so cool. It's been a fun experience so far."

The following Q&A is from a one-on-one with Doan during development camp: 

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What is your other big interest outside of hockey?

"I'd probably go with golf or wake surfing. I've grown up here (in Arizona), so golf has been big. In Canada during the summers, we go wake surfing out on the lake. So, I've gotten pretty good and competitive at that with my siblings. You're like six feet behind the boat just riding the big wave." 

If you were to play another sport, what would it be, and what position? 

"I'd honestly probably pick soccer, and I'd be a midfielder. There, you're always involved in the game. It's such a worldwide sport that everyone knows and loves. It would be cool to go over to Europe as a soccer player."

Do you look up to any past or present athletes? 

"As a kid, it was my dad. As I got older, it was athletes from around the world, taking bits and pieces from different characters. I'm a big soccer fan. So, (I was) following guys like Ronaldo and seeing the way they play. I'm into baseball, and I love Ketel Marte on the Diamondbacks. He's a guy I love to watch play, just his confidence and swagger. It's fun." 

What is the best piece of advice you've received?

"Probably advice from my dad, and that's just to have fun. He's the one that told me that as a kid. When I take things too seriously, I kind of lose that creative side of me and lose the joy of the game. So, I'm not taking any day I'm here for granted. I'm enjoying it. That's something I've carried with me my whole life." 

Before you step on the ice, what do you do to prepare mentally? 

"Preparing for games and practices is so important, but above all, I think making sure that I'm going out there to have fun and enjoying myself. If I'm having fun, then I'm being creative. It makes me a better player when I'm having fun and being creative."

What do you like most about Arizona? 

"There's so much to love. I've been here for so long. It's home for me. The reason I came back to ASU is because I love the state and the people here. The weather here is unreal, the sunsets, everything about the state is awesome."

Do you have a favorite movie?

"Any Marvel movie. Growing up, me, my dad and my siblings, we'd go to every one we could. We're all nerds for Marvel."

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