On Thursday night, the Coyotes honored their captain Shane Doan at “Doan 380 Night” acknowledging him as the all-time franchise goal leader.
— NHL (@NHL) January 22, 2016
The celebration took place before the home game against the Sharks. It honored Shane Doan as the all-time franchise goal leader. He scored goal number 380 to move past Dale Hawerchuk in a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on December 31st. In the same game he also added goal 381 and currently sits on goal 384. It seemed fitting that he notched the marker against the Jets. He should pass Hawerchuk for the franchise record in points before the season’s end.
The Coyotes honored Doan and his family with a painting, watch, and $100,000 check to start the Doan Arizona Youth Hockey Fund. The painting depicted Doan in the four NHL jerseys he’s worn over his career, the Jets, original Phoenix Coyotes colors, new Phoenix Coyotes colors, and Arizona Coyotes. The Breitling watch was presented by alternate captains Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Martin Hanzal on behalf of his teammates. Doan seemed most excited by the check, allowing himself and his family to integrate themselves into the community even more by helping the up and coming Arizona youth hockey scene. Video tributes came in from other Valley favorites like Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Larry Fitzegerald of the Arizona Cardinals, former teammates Jeremy Roenick and Teppo Numminen, and even Hawerchuk himself. Fans in attendance received a print of the Doan 380 painting and a Doan cowboy bobblehead.
— Dave Vest (@davestinaz) January 22, 2016
Unfortunately the Coyotes couldn’t maintain the pressure, losing to the Sharks 3-1. Arizona came out flat in the first, and seemed to be a step behind the Sharks the remainder of the game. Coyotes Goaltender Louis Domingue continues to play well, he is 7-2-3 as a starter and could challenge Mike Smith for the top spot when he returns. Arizona has struggled as of late, and the upcoming All-Star Game provides a chance to regroup. Becoming too comfortable at home is another concern as the Coyotes have played seven straight at Gila River Arena.
Doan currently has the team lead in goals this season at 16, with Max Domi behind him at 13. Shane Doan is arguably the best captain in the league. He has dealt with more off-ice issues than any captain ever, yet he has stayed loyal to the Jets-Coyotes franchise, and he has continued to grind it out as shown by his achievement that was celebrated on Thursday.
- Shane Doan, 384
- Dale Hawerchuk, 379
- Keith Tkachuk, 323
- Thomas Steen, 264
- Paul MacLean, 248
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Aaron Davis is an Arizona native and die-hard hockey fan. He played high school club hockey (poorly). He produces/co-hosts a podcast on the Heroes Media Group Network. His teams are: Coyotes, & Penguins, as well as, the Cardinals, Yankees, Suns, Everton, Steelers, Diamondbacks, & Pirates. He can be reached on Twitter – @AKD_56.