Coyotes part ways with Shane Doan after 21 seasons

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 20, 2017

The Arizona Coyotes are moving on from Shane Doan, their long-time captain and franchise face.

Playing his entire career to date with the Coyotes franchise, Doan as been the model for what every National Hockey League player should strive to be.

"After serious consideration, we have made a decision to not offer Shane Doan a contract for the upcoming season", Arizona Coyotes owner, chairman and governor Andrew Barroway said in a statement.

"The time has come for us to move on and to focus on our young, talented group of players and our very bright future", Coyotes chairman Andrew Barroway said in a release.

In 1,540 career games, Doan scored 402 goals and added 570 assists for 972 points.

This past season, Doan had just six goals in 74 games for the Coyotes.

On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to sincerely thank Shane for everything he's done for the Coyotes on and off the ice the past 21 years. "Shane is a Valley icon who had an incredible career and was one of the best captains to ever play in the NHL", Barroway said.

Doan, who will turn 41 in October, has been with the franchise since the team drafted him in 1995 when they were the Winnipeg Jets. A true leader on and off the ice, Doan has done his best to not only command respect with impressive play, but with his general demeanor as well.

Doan signed a one-year contract last season and was weighing whether to continue his career or retire at 40. Sportsnet's John Shannon reported the team has offered Doan a position in their front office, a position that Doan is considering. A report last week said Doan was leaning toward playing at least one more season. He is beloved by our fans, corporate partners and the media and has been a tremendous leader for us in the community, and a great role model for kids.

LeBrun notes that Doan is expected to generate some interest on the free agent market. He will be a member of our Pack forever.

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