As you may or may not know, Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan is the final year of his contract, and is in his 19th NHL season. Doan is also the longest active serving Captain in the NHL and is in the last stages of his storied career. While Doan has spent his career with the same organization the chances of him lifting the Stanley Cup are getting slimmer and slimmer as this season progresses.
Many of you may have seen some of his great performances for the Jets/Coyotes as well as playing for team Canada. What you haven’t seen over the years is how he has gone above and beyond the call of duty for the team and the Greater Phoenix area. During the Coyotes ownership circus, he’s spoken up for the team and their fans so many times that I’ve lost count. There’s been many times over the course of this circus that he could have bailed for a different team. Each time he’s stayed put in Arizona.
Then add to that the undying support of all the Coyotes fans near and far while having to endure the constant barrage of whether the team will be staying or going. With that don’t forget the sensationalist Canadian media timing negative articles to damage the team as they’re trying to rebuild the franchise. Some of the articles that came out of Canada over the years bordered on lunacy and the abuse the fans have taken was and sometimes still is pretty brutal. I’m not going to link any of these articles as you can find them all on Google pretty quickly.
On top of that, there’s a possibility that Shane Doan may not re-sign with the Coyotes next season (this is just speculation).
Six years ago today @NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly promised the NHL All-Star game would come to the area. We’re still waiting Bill.
— Aaron Wood (@azvibesports) June 30, 2015
NHL needs to find a way to not only thank Doan for going above and beyond the call of duty during the past six years of the ownership saga but also come up with something for the fans who have gone through insane amounts of abuse and trials during this time. I mean most fans would have bailed during the unprecedented ups and downs of the ownership saga yet they didn’t. They stayed and they’re happy now that the team is staying.
So here’s my proposal.
Mr. Bettman, make a ‘Commissioner’s Selection’ to the 2016 All-Star Game for Arizona Coyotes Captain Shane Doan.
Since the logistics involved with bringing the NHL All-Star Game to the Phoenix Area probably won’t happen during Shane Doan’s career why not have him be one of the Coyotes representatives to the All-Star Game? Plus, have him be one of the Captains during the player selection process.
Everyone outside the State of Arizona may not ‘get’ why this is needed Mr. Bettman but the Coyotes fans, many of whom you’ve met personally over the years, need this. They deserve this.
Shane Doan – 2016 All-Star. It’s got a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?