Shane Doan has a sweet hockey stick
JUN 07, 2012 1:56p ET
Doan, who's been with the Coyotes for their entire Valley existence, has long been known as one of the NHL's good guys.
It's a noteworthy award, but it isn't nearly as interesting as the one he was presented earlier this week by the candy brand Skittles. Let's just get this out of the way: Shane Doan now owns a hockey stick made entirely out of Skittles.
Yes. A hockey stick. Made out of Skittles.
"I didn't ever really think I'd be holding a stick, top to bottom, full of Skittles," Doan told PhoenixCoyotes.com.
The candy brand said the not-lacking-for-uniqueness item was intended to "congratulate him on his incredible performance and leadership this season." Skittles obviously knows how to put together an award, although Doan seemed a bit confused by the whole thing.
"I'm not really sure," Doan told the Coyotes' official site when asked the reason for receiving the stick. "I enjoy Skittles, I mean they taste very good, but I'm not an avid consumer of Skittles. My kids enjoy Skittles, and that was probably bigger for me . . . I thought it'd be pretty cool to be able to show 'em a stick made of them."
To answer the obvious question, the Skittles are real, edible candies and not replicas, but the stability of the stick makes removing them rather difficult and, frankly, undesirable.
"The Skittles are real but they're glued on, so you don't want to try eating them," Doan said.
While Doan did not answer the intriguing questions of whether the candy coating wears off on his hands (a common problem when consuming Skittles out of the package) or how he displays a Skittles stick in his beautiful, rustic Scottsdale home, he did make it clear that the stick is both durable and flavorful.
"My kids have been using it and playing with it a little bit, and other kids have been using it and playing with it . . . it's starting to get beat up a little bit, but the blade's holding up."
He added, "I'm pretty sure (these are) tropical Skittles, which I think are the best kind of Skittles."