Doan joins Coyotes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, January 11, 2021
GLENDALE, AZ – The Arizona Coyotes announced today that former Coyotes Captain Shane Doan has been hired by the club to serve as its Chief Hockey Development Officer. Doan will report directly to Coyotes President & CEO Xavier Gutierrez and will serve as a strategic advisor to Owner, Chairman & Governor Alex Meruelo and General Manager Bill Armstrong. He will support the club’s business and hockey operations departments and advise on major club decisions and initiatives.
“We are very excited to welcome Shane Doan back to the Coyotes organization,” said Coyotes Owner, Chairman & Governor Alex Meruelo. “No one has done more for the Coyotes or for the game of hockey in Arizona than Shane. We look forward to working with him for many years to come.”
“Shane Doan is a Coyotes legend and a Valley icon,” said Coyotes President & CEO Xavier Gutierrez. “For the past 25 years, Shane has been an incredible ambassador for our franchise and has represented the Coyotes with dignity and class. He is beloved by our fan base and we are thrilled to have him back with us where he belongs.”
“Shane Doan was a great player who played 21 seasons in the NHL,” said Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong. “He is highly respected around the League and has a wealth of hockey knowledge to share. He will be a valuable addition to our hockey operations department and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
“I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity,” said Doan. “I am extremely proud to have played my entire career for the Coyotes and all I want is for this franchise to be successful on and off the ice. The Valley is an incredible hockey market with a loyal and passionate fan base and with Mr. Meruelo, we now have strong and stable ownership and a very bright future in Arizona. I’m looking forward to working with Mr. Meruelo, Xavier and Bill and I can’t wait to get started.
“I’d also like to thank Gary Bettman, Bill Daly, Colin Campbell and the NHL’s hockey operations department for the incredible opportunity to work for the League the past three years. I was able to gain invaluable experience that helped prepare me for this opportunity with the Coyotes.”
Doan retired following 21 seasons and 1,540 regular season NHL games with the Coyotes franchise. He finished his career with 402-570-972 and 128 power-play goals while his 1,540 regular season games played are tied with John Bucyk for 17th place on the NHL’s all-time list.
The Coyotes retired Doan’s number 19 jersey on Sunday, February 24, 2019 when the Coyotes hosted the Winnipeg Jets. Doan became the first Coyotes player to have his jersey retired at Gila River Arena.
The 44-year-old Doan, who was drafted seventh overall by the Jets in the 1995 NHL Draft, served as Arizona’s captain for his final 13 seasons and retired as the NHL’s longest-tenured captain. Doan is the team’s all-time leader in games played (1,540), goals (402), assists (570), points (972), power-play goals (128) and game-winning goals (69).
Doan represented the Coyotes at the 2004 and 2009 NHL All-Star Games and was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for community service in 2010 and captured the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award in 2012. The Halkirk, AB native represented Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, the 2006 Olympic Winter Games and six IIHF World Championships.