October 07, 2014

Loyalty Pays Off For Shane Doan

It has always sounded funny. Dale Hawerchuk, the all time great of the original Winnipeg Jets, is the highest scoring player (929 points) in Phoenix Coyotes history. Make that Arizona Coyotes history. Now it sounds even funnier.

That might change this season. Shane Doan, a former Jet himself who has since become the greatest player the franchise has known since the relocation to the desert, could surpass Hawerchuk in two major statistical categories.

Doan is 68 points shy of Hawerchuk for the all time scoring lead. Doan also needs 26 more goals to catch Hawerchuk for the all time goal scoring lead (379).

Ah yes, loyalty has it's rewards for Shane Doan. For years the Coyotes were on the verge of leaving the desert. It seems like he was the only person in hockey who did not want the team to move. Through all the uncertainty and ownership/courtroom drama, Doan kept playing his hardest for the franchise seemingly no one else cared about. 

And now he gets rewarded. Franchise milestones are within reach. The team has found stability and is making steps to improve on the ice, too. In all likelihood Doan will be able to play out his career in Phoenix, a town he calls home and never wants to leave. He is raising 4 children there and he and his wife maintain a horse ranch in the area. They truly love it there 

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