Arizona Coyotes to retire Shane Doan’s No. 19 jersey

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Former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

The Arizona Coyotes will retire Shane Doan’s No. 19 sweater on Feb. 24 ahead of a game against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Coyotes announced the initiative on Wednesday, and in doing so will have made Doan the first player in franchise history to have his number retired.

Keith Tkachuk (7), Jeremy Roenick (97) and Teppo Numminen (27) as well as old Winnipeg Jets players Bobby Hull (9), Thomas Steen (25) and Dale Hawerchuk (10) have been inducted into the club’s ring of honour.

“I am extremely grateful to be the first Coyotes player to have his jersey retired,” said Doan in a release. “I am so proud to have played my entire career for the Coyotes because loyalty and commitment means 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 spent 21 years with the Coyotes franchise, playing in the old Jets’ final season in 1995-96 after being drafted seventh overall in 1995.

He moved with the team to Phoenix, was there when it changed its name to the “Arizona” Coyotes and retired on Aug. 30, 2017.

The 41-year-old was named team captain ahead of the 2003-04 season, a title he held for 13 seasons.

The power forward holds the franchise records for games played (1,540), goals (402) and assists (570), among other marks.

“Shane Doan is Mr. Coyote and a Valley icon,” said Coyotes president and CEO Ahron Cohen. “No one has done more for the Coyotes or the game of hockey in Arizona than Shane. For the past 22 years, Shane has been an incredible ambassador for our franchise and has represented the Coyotes with class, dignity and professionalism.

“He has given his heart and soul to the Coyotes and is most deserving of this tremendous honour.”

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