Coyotes to retire Shane Doan's No. 19

Shane Doan
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Shane Doan will go down in Coyotes history.

The team on Wednesday announced they will retire the forward’s No. 19 jersey during a pregame ceremony before their Feb. 24 matchup against the Jets, making him the first player in franchise history to have his number sent to the Gila River Arena rafters.

Doan announced his retirement from the NHL in a heartfelt letter to fans in August 2017. He had been informed two months earlier that the Coyotes would not re-sign him. He became an unrestricted free agent before making the decision to hang his skates.

“I am extremely grateful to be the first Coyotes player to have his jersey retired,” Doan said. “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, 41, the seventh overall pick of the Jets in the 1995 NHL Draft, was the last active member of the first iteration of the 1995-96 squad before the franchise moved to Arizona the next year.

He finished his career as the team’s leader in games played (1,540), shots (3,945), goals (402), assists (570), points (972), power-play goals (128) and game-winning goals (69). A two-time All-Star selection, his 1,540 games played is also tied with John Bucyk for 14th on the league’s all-time list.

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