Shane Albert Doan (born October 10, 1976) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward and team captain for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). Doan is the longest tenured player on the club, having played all fourteen of his NHL seasons with the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes franchise. He is also the last remaining Coyote to have played for the Jets.
Competing internationally for Team Canada, he has won two gold medals and two silvers at the World Championships, as well as one World Cup championship in 2004. He was also a member of Canada’s 2006 Winter Olympic team.
After winning the Memorial Cup and Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as tournament MVP with the Kamloops Blazers in 1995, Doan was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, seventh overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He was the Jets’ final first-round pick prior to the franchise moving to Phoenix. He immediately made the transition from major junior to the NHL in 1995–96 and tallied 17 points in his rookie season with the Jets. After the Jets relocated to Phoenix and became the Coyotes the following season, his points total did not improve greatly until the 1999–00 season when he scored 26 goals (the first of nine consecutive 20-goal campaigns for Doan).
After the departure of team captain Teppo Numminen, Doan assumed the captaincy in 2003–04 and scored which were then career-highs in all statistical categories with 27 goals, 41 assists and 68 points. During the campaign, Doan was selected to play in his first NHL All-Star Game in 2004. He then hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career the following season to go with 36 assists and 66 points. Late in the 2006–07 season, Doan agreed to a five-year, $22.75 million contract extension with the Coyotes on February 14, 2007, He responded the following season with his best campaign to date when he led the Coyotes in scoring in 2007–08 with 28 goals and a career-high 50 assists and 78 points. In 2008–09, Doan was selected to the 2009 NHL All-Star Game and won the inaugural Elimination Shootout segment of the Skills Competition, outlasting Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins in the seventh round. He completed that season with his second straight 70-point season and a career-high 31 goals.
Doan made his international debut for Team Canada at the 1999 World Championships in Norway and finished fourth with the team. He then won his first gold medal four years later at the 2003 World Championships in Finland. Prior to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Doan competed in the 2004 World Cup and scored the game winning goal in the finals against Finland to win the championship. Doan had also been named to Canada’s 2004 World Championship team several months earlier, but could not attend due to injury.
In 2005, Doan was named an alternate captain for Canada and helped lead the team to a silver medal at the World Championships in Austria. Three years later, he was promoted to team captain at the 2007 World Championships in Moscow. During the tournament, he scored the game winning goal in a 4-2 preliminary round victory over Norway, then scored a hat-trick in a span of 6 minutes and 25 seconds in a 6-3 qualification round victory over Belarus. Canada went undefeated en route to a 4–2 gold medal game victory over Finland in the final. He remained captain for the 2008 World Championships and won his second silver, losing to Russia in the gold medal game.
When Doan was selected for the 2006 Olympics Canadian national men’s hockey team, Canadian Liberal MP Denis Coderre wrote a letter to Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson asking to remove Doan from the team unless Doan apologized for an alleged racial slur he used on December 13, 2005 against a Francophone referee during a game against the Montreal Canadiens. In January 2006, Doan filed a lawsuit against Coderre for defamation seeking $250,000 in damages and promising to contribute any damage awards to charity. Coderre filed a counter-suit in April 2007, seeking $45,000 in damages. These cases are still before the courts.
When Doan was selected as captain on the 2007 Canadian national men’s hockey team, a Canadian Official Languages parliamentary committee led by the Quebec separatist party Bloc Québécois, demanded Hockey Canada appear before the committee to explain their decision to name Doan as captain in light of the alleged comment made on December 13, 2005. Critics say the committee is trying to exploit differences between anglophones and francophones in vote-rich Quebec, making Doan a political victim. On the May 2, 2007 edition of Hockey Night in Canada’s Coach’s Corner on CBC, Don Cherry called the affair ridiculous. Hockey Canada officials appeared before the committee on May 3, 2007 defending Doan as their choice, citing the NHL had cleared him of the allegations. Doan responded in Canada’s next game at the championship by scoring a hat-trick against Belarus in a matter of six minutes 25 seconds. This silenced many of the politicians who called into question his captaincy. The Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, offered his support to Doan by a phone call following the game. After the championship win and the “more than a week of lunatic political grandstanding”, editorials said that Doan deserved the nation’s thanks for maintaining a “picture of grace” and pulling the team together.
Doan was born on October 10, 1976, in Halkirk, Alberta, to Bernie and Bernice Doan. His parents own a Christian day camp ranch in Halkirk. Growing up in a religious family, Doan continues to be a professing Christian; he writes bible verse Romans 8:28 on his hockey sticks.
Doan and his wife Andrea have four children – Gracie, Josh, Karys, and Carson. Doan is also a second cousin of Carey Price, goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens and first cousin of Keaton Ellerby, a Florida Panthers prospect and Catriona Le May Doan, a 3-time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating through the marriage of her husband, Bart Doan.