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Stewart Explains Photo He Tweeted After Draft

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE -- Upon learning the Coyotes had drafted him in the seventh round on Saturday, defenseman Dean Stewart tweeted a photo of himself and captain Shane Doan taken when Stewart was nine years old.

Shane Doan and Dean Stewart

Regarding the photo, Stewart said his family was vacationing in the Phoenix area during hockey season, and one day they decided to attend a Coyotes practice. After the practice, Stewart called out to Doan as he was leaving the ice through the tunnel and Doan stopped to chat with him.

Stewart told Doan his family was from Manitoba and then asked Doan to sign his Coyotes jersey, and Doan obliged. But the experience didn't end there. Doan then invited Stewart, his sister Jessica and their parents into the team's dressing room for a tour.

"We were absolutely stunned by how nice Shane was," Stewart said. "He's an NHL star and we couldn't believe that he took the time to visit with us out of the blue like that. It was pretty cool."

Before they left, Doan gave Stewart a stick, although it wasn't one of Doan's sticks because Doan was running low on sticks that day. Instead, it was a stick provided by Coyotes defenseman Nick Boynton.

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