Coyotes’ Max Domi: ‘The whole captain thing is overrated’

Coyotes forward Max Domi talks about Shane Doan leaving the Arizona and stepping up in a new leadership role.

The Shane Doan era in officially over in Arizona and while the longtime Coyotes captain will be missed, it presents a fresh opportunity for the team, says Max Domi.

“It’s unfortunate to see a guy like Doaner, who was a guy who was literally the driver of the ship for 20 years, go, but we’re lucky enough to have a full team that can fulfill a very small fraction of what he did for us,” Domi said Tuesday on Sportsnet Today. “It’s exciting and I’m excited for this new era, so to speak, in Arizona.”

Earlier this summer the Coyotes opted not to re-sign Doan, who had spent the past 21 seasons with the franchise. He hasn’t announced his retirement and is a free agent. Arizona said it will address the captain vacancy during training camp, with some reports suggesting defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson will be the next to wear the C.

Domi, 22, is heading into his third NHL season and is not too worried about a leadership void.

“The way you’ve got to look at it is everyone is going to step up in different situations and everyone is going to hold each other accountable,” Domi told hosts Dan Riccio and JD Bunkis. “There’s no real one leader on a team. The whole captain thing is overrated. Yeah, it says a lot and everyone looks up to you, but everyone in that locker-room is a leader and everyone handles situations differently and makes that team go.

“It takes 23 guys, it doesn’t take one.”

Listen to the full interview in the player below.

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