11/14/2013 10:20 AM
Throwback Thursday presented by The Student Prince and Fort Restaurant: Shane Doan
Shane Doan – a first-round draft selection of the Winnipeg Jets in 1995 – played 39 games for the Springfield Falcons during the 1997-98 campaign. The Halkirk, Alberta native began his professional career with the Jets, one year before the team relocated to Phoenix and became the Coyotes in 1996.
Doan posted 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 137 games through his first two years in the NHL. He then began the next season with the Falcons. In 39 games, the 6-foot-1, 228-pound forward scored 21 goals and added 21 assists. He also recorded a +20 rating, as the team went on to win the New England Division with a 45-26-7-2 record.
Doan rejoined the Coyotes later in the 1997-98 season and has remained there ever since. Awarded the “C” on his sweater September 10, 2003, Doan is the longest-tenured captain in the National Hockey League. He scored 20 or more goals in 11 of 12 seasons from 1999-2012 and appeared in two NHL All-Star Games – 2003-04 and 2008-09.
Doan was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 2010, given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community. He also won the NHL’s Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2011-12.
In 18 games so far this season, Doan has posted 13 points (eight goals, five assists) and a +2 rating. The Coyotes are 13-4-2 so far in 2013-14.