Shane Doan Retires From NHL With Heartfelt Letter To Fans!!!

© (Getty Images) Shane DoanShane Doan announced his retirement from the NHL, ending a long and celebrated career that spanned more than two decades. The longtime Coyotes captain and the...

Shane Doan© (Getty Images) Shane DoanShane Doan announced his retirement from the NHL, ending a long and celebrated career that spanned more than two decades.

The longtime Coyotes captain and the most popular player in franchise history penned a heartfelt letter to fans that ran in Wednesday’s Arizona Republic, explaining the timing of his decision.

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.

Against their better judgment, they did and that first game as a Phoenix Coyote was exciting. We played against the San Jose Sharks in downtown Phoenix at America West Arena, and it was so fun. The crowd was right on top of you, and you could feel the emotion and energy in the building.

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.

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.

Doan, 40, was the final active member of the first iteration of the 1995-96 Winnipeg Jets, before the franchise relocated to Arizona a year later. That was Doan’s rookie season, selected seventh overall in the 1995 draft. He went on to play 1,540 games in the desert, becoming the third-longest tenured player in the NHL, until his unceremonious departure this offseason.

The Halkirk, Alberta, native finished with 402 goals and 972 points, both Coyotes franchise records.

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Source:msn.com

 

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