Former Kamloops Blazers star Shane Doan is set to see his No. 19 raised to the rafters.
Wednesday morning, the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes announced the Club was set to retire the jersey of its longtime captain, who called it a career at the conclusion of 2016-17 NHL season.
Doan, 41, played for 21 seasons in the NHL following a successful three-year stint in the Western Hockey League as a member of the great Blazers teams of the 1990s. He is the first player in Arizona Coyotes history to have his jersey retired.
“I am extremely grateful to be the first Coyotes player to have his jersey retired,” Doan said. “I am so proud to have played my entire career for the Coyotes, because loyalty and commitment mean everything to me.
“I want to thank the entire Coyotes organization for this incredible honour. It means so much to my family and me. I have so many great memories wearing the Coyotes jersey and I look forward to celebrating this special night with friends, family, and all our great Coyotes fans. I can’t wait.”
Doan’s jersey retirement celebration is scheduled for Sunday, February 24 when the Coyotes host the Winnipeg Jets.
Prior to embarking on a successful and lengthy NHL career, Doan played through a 174-game WHL career in Kamloops from 1992-93 through 1994-95.
After posting a remarkable 94 points (37G-57A) in 71 regular season games with the Blazers in 1994-95, Doan added another 16 points (6G-10A) in 21 WHL Playoff games as Kamloops claimed its second consecutive WHL title. From there, Doan posted nine points (4G-5A) in four games as the Blazers rolled to a second consecutive Memorial Cup title.
That performance was good enough to earn the product of Halkirk, Alta. the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the MVP of the 1995 Memorial Cup. It also contributed to Doan hearing his name called seventh overall by the Winnipeg Jets at the 1995 NHL Draft.
In all, the 6-foot-1, 223-pound forward recorded 161 points (68G-93A) over his 174 WHL regular season contests, adding another 17 points (6G-11A) in 34 WHL Playoff games prior to graduating to the professional ranks.
As a pro, Doan spent his entire career with the Jets/Coyotes franchise. Statistically speaking, Doan enjoyed the best season of his NHL career in 2007-08, when he notched 78 points (28G-50A) over 80 games.
Known across the hockey community as one of its great leaders, Doan spent 13 seasons as captain of the Coyotes following three seasons as an alternate captain. At the conclusion of the 2009-10 NHL season, he was presented with the NHL’s King Clancy Memorial Trophy in recognition of his humanitarian efforts in the community. In 2011-12, Doan was also named winner of the NHL’s Mark Messier Leadership Award.
He was also voted into two NHL All-Star Games, skating in 2004 and again in 2009.
Regarded as a capable two-way forward, Doan was often called upon by his country. He won two IIHF World Championship gold medals (2003, 2007), three IIHF World Championship silver medals (2005, 2008, 2009), and was also a part of Canada’s championship squad at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He also served his nation at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, skating in six games and tallying three points (2G-1A).
Doan is the Coyotes all-time leader in games played (1,540), goals (402), assists (570), points (972), power-play goals (128), and game-winning goals (69).
His 1,540 NHL regular season games played rank 14th on the NHL’s all-time charts, tied with Johnny Bucyk.
Since October 2007, Doan has been co-owner of the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, alongside governor Tom Gaglardi and WHL Alumni Jarome Iginla, Mark Recchi, and Darryl Sydor.