The Arizona Coyotes honoured a franchise great, raising Shane Doan’s No. 19 jersey to the rafters ahead of their game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Doan was selected seventh overall in the 1995 draft by the original Winnipeg Jets, becoming the final first-round pick by the franchise before they relocated to Arizona in 1996. The Halkirk, Alta., native owns the Coyotes record for games played (1,540), goals (402), assists (570), points (972), game-winning goals (69) and power-play goals (128) after playing all 21 of his seasons with the organization.
The former Coyotes captain also won the Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2010, as well as the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2012 after leading Arizona to the 2012 Western Conference Finals.
Before retiring in 2017, Doan was the last original Jets player to play in the NHL and is the first player to play for both teams to have his number retired by the franchise.
Doan played a big part in helping the Coyotes establish themselves as a franchise, inspiring players like Auston Matthews to pursue a career in hockey and becoming the first Arizona native to be selected first-overall in the NHL.
Thank you for everything you’ve done for hockey in Arizona and inspiring kids like me growing up playing the game in the valley. Congratulations on your jersey retirement Doaner ! So well deserved. pic.twitter.com/bQ092XXPbx
— Auston Matthews (@AM34) February 24, 2019
“There’s no player in our team history that meant more to this franchise than Shane, and no player our franchise history that has meant more to this community than Shane,” Coyotes president and CEO Ahron Cohen said. “So it was a pretty easy decision.”