Breaking: NHL team announces first jersey retirement in franchise history

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The Arizona Coyotes have announced that former captain Shane Doan will have his number 19 jersey retired to the rafters on Sunday, February 24th when the Coyotes host the Winnipeg Jets at Gila River Arena.

For the full press release of today’s announcement, read below:

The Arizona Coyotes announced today that the club will retire former Coyotes’ Captain Shane Doan’s number 19 jersey on Sunday, February 24 when the Coyotes host the Winnipeg Jets. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Doan will become the first Coyotes player to have his jersey retired at Gila River Arena. Former Coyotes players Keith Tkachuk (7), Jeremy Roenick (97) and Teppo Numminen (27) along with former Winnipeg Jets players Bobby Hull (9), Thomas Steen (25) and Dale Hawerchuk (10) have been inducted into the Coyotes’ Ring of Honor.
“Shane Doan is Mr. Coyote and a Valley icon,” said Coyotes’ President & CEO Ahron Cohen. “No one has done more for the Coyotes or the game of hockey in Arizona than Shane. For the past 22 years, Shane has been an incredible ambassador for our franchise and has represented the Coyotes with class, dignity and professionalism. He has given his heart and soul to the Coyotes and is most deserving of this tremendous honor.”“I am extremely grateful to be the first Coyotes player to have his jersey retired,” said Doan. “I am so proud to have played my entire career for the Coyotes because loyalty and commitment mean everything to me. I want to thank the entire Coyotes organization for this incredible honor. It means so much to my family and me. I have so many great memories wearing the Coyotes jersey and I look forward to celebrating this special night with friends, family and all our great Coyotes fans. I can’t wait.”
Doan retired following 21 seasons and 1,540 regular season games with the franchise. He finished his NHL career with 402-570-972 and 128 power-play goals while his 1,540 regular season games played are tied with John Bucyk for 14th place on the NHL’s all-time list.
The 41-year-old Doan, who was drafted seventh overall in the 1995 NHL Entry 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. He 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, 2006 Olympic Winter Games and in six IIHF World Championships.