It’s only taken a month and a half, but now Shane Doan is in sole possession of all point records for the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes franchise. On Feb. 12, he was just one point away from breaking the franchise point total held by Dale Hawerchuk who had 929 career points. He was also just one point away from 123 power-play goals, topping Hawerchuk, who scored 122 on the man advantage with the Winnipeg Jets. Against Calgary he picked two goals (one at regular strength and one on the power play) and an assist pushing him to 931 career points and 123 career power-play goals.
Where Does He Go From Here?
Doan turned 39 on Oct. 10 and will be a unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. With the pace Doan is currently setting, will he retire?
Could he keep playing and reach 1,000 points? Doan is currently playing like he’s 19 years old, keeping up with the rookies in speed and in scoring. He is currently leading the Coyotes with 21 goals in 45 games. He missed nine games earlier this season due to injury.
At his current pace, he is projected to have around 32 goals with a maximum of 73 games played and a season point total of 51. If he plays another year or two at this pace, he may hit that 1,000 point plateau. And I for one, would love to see it.
With the team seemingly ahead of schedule with their rebuild, having Doan in the locker room would prove a great advantage for the young players coming into the team. Next season, quite a few in the hockey community are projecting at least two more young, skilled prospects joining the team. The rebuild is starting to show what the Coyotes could be in a few years: a mixture of maturity, skill and speed with solid goaltending. Just what they have been waiting for.
The Legacy Moment
Doan is currently in seventh place for games played with a single franchise. By the end of the season, barring any missed games, he is projected to hit 1,467 games played and would surpass current sixth-place holder Mike Modano, who played 1,459 games with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise.
On the night of Jan. 21, Doan was honored for scoring his 380th goal. The Coyotes presented him with a comically large charity check for the Shane Doan Arizona Youth Hockey Development Fund. A fund that will allow hockey to continue to develop and grow in the state of Arizona.
It cannot be over stated how important to the franchise Doan is. As I’ve written before, he has influenced young hockey players in the Valley of the Sun, the likes of Auston Matthews and Lyndsey Fry. Hockey is still evolving in Arizona, and when someone as passionate about the sport as Doan is involved, it will always keep growing.
The Coyotes do have their young leadership in place, for when Doan does decide to retire. Whether you love him or hate him, Doan will forever be the face of the Coyotes franchise. He will forever be Captain Coyote to the Coyotes loyal in Arizona. Doan’t count him out just yet.