Doan listened to my questions but, as I expected, he politely/modestly passed on explaining what scoring 300 NHL goals means to him. The best I could get is that it’s something that he may look back on fondly when he’s sitting on his front porch someday, years removed from his playing career.
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Instead of talking about his
most recent feat, we ended up discussing, at length, Wayne Gretzky’s 215-point season, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak and Wilt Chamberlain’s 50.4 points-per-game average in 1961-62.
We also discussed how legendary defenseman Bobby Orr twice led the NHL in scoring.
“That may be the coolest thing of all,” Doan said. “That’s really special.”
As our conversation continued, I tried to circle back and get Doan to acknowledge that scoring 300 NHL goals is pretty cool. He did, for a split second, but then he quickly said he’s already turned his attention to scoring No. 301 and, more importantly, helping the Coyotes win more games.
Clearly, victories are more important to Doan than personal milestones. He is truly a team player who would gladly trade a silver stick and/or a plaque with his name on it for a sip or two from the Stanley Cup. And that, among other reasons, is why he's an ideal team captain.
Before departing the room, I asked Doan one final time to reflect on his personal milestones. Of which one, I asked, is he proudest.
“I am appreciating longevity more and more,” said Doan, who has played 1,127 NHL games. “The longer I play, the more I appreciate that I am playing. I don’t take it lightly. I recognize that an athlete’s career can end suddenly, and at any time, and I am enjoying every minute of mine.”
So are Coyotes fans. EDITOR'S NOTE:
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