After a 21-year career in the National Hockey League, Shane Doan has called it quits.
The 40-year-old officially announced his retirement on Wednesday in a letter to fans published in the Arizona Republic.
Doan was an unrestricted free agent. He spent the entirety of his career with the Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes franchise.
“I have peace, and I’m so thankful for that,” Doan wrote. “I’ve been blessed and I’m so grateful for the fans and their support. They stuck by me throughout my career and the ups and downs of the Coyotes. There are a lot of players with more skill than me and a lot more ability than me that didn’t ever get the type of appreciation that I got and the type of respect that the fans gave me, and I’m so grateful for that. I can’t express how much I appreciate it. Thank you for watching me grow up, and I enjoyed watching a lot of you grow up, too.”
The Halkirk native skated with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers in 1992, winning a Memorial Cup twice in his three-year stint. He won the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player in the annual tournament, a year after Darcy Tucker won it.
Doan was drafted into the big leagues by the Jets, going seventh overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He transitioned to Winnipeg immediately, posting 17 points in his 1995-1996 rookie season. His first NHL goal came against Ed Belfour of the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Jets relocated to Phoenix and were named the Coyotes the following season. Doan continued to score at an underwhelming pace, reaching a dozen points in his sophomore season.
In 1999-2000, however, Doan exploded for 51 points in 81 games. He scored 26 goals and set the pace he would maintain for the remainder of his career. He put together nine consecutive 20-goal seasons at that point and was named captain of the Coyotes after the departure of Teppo Numminen in July of 2003.
Doan’s best career season came in 2007-2008 when he scored 28 goals and added 50 assists for 78 points in 80 games. He had 27 points on the power play, including nine goals. He topped 30 goals twice, in 2005-2006 and 2008-2009, and hauled the Coyotes to their first division title in 2011-2012.
In his last NHL with Arizona in 2016-2017, Doan scored six goals and added 21 assists. It was a significant dip in production from the previous season, where he scored 28 goals for a total of 47 points.
In 1,540 career regular season games, Doan scored 402 goals and added 570 assists for a total of 972 points. He collected just 55 games of playoff experience with Arizona and scored 28 points, including 15 goals and 13 assists.
Doan leaves the game as one of just nine players to spend at least 21 seasons with the same franchise. Only Gordie Howe, Nicklas Lidstrom and Alex Delvecchio spent more games with one organization than Doan did.