LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan called time on his 21-season career on Wednesday, two months after being cut by the team.
Doan, 40, had only played for the Coyotes during his career, a spell that spanned the franchise’s previous incarnation as the Winnipeg Jets before they moved to Arizona in 1996 and became the Coyotes.
Doan was informed in June the Coyotes would not be re-signing him as they attempt to build a more youthful roster.
Veteran right winger Doan announced his decision to retire in a letter to fans published by the Arizona Republic.
“I’m so grateful and thankful to the Winnipeg Jets for drafting me and giving me a chance to play my rookie season and when the team moved to the Valley in 1996, all I wanted to know was if the Coyotes would keep giving me a chance to play,” Doan wrote in the letter.
“I could not fathom at the time that I would end up playing in Arizona for the next 21 years, raise a family and call this place home. But that’s exactly what happened. And that’s why this has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. I’m retiring from the NHL.”
Doan scored 27 points including six goals and 27 assists in 74 games last season, which also was his 13th as Coyotes captain.
The Canadian international is the Coyotes’ career leader in games played (1,540), shots (3,945), goals (402), assists (570), points (972), power-play goals (128) and game-winning goals (69).