Shane Doan (Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
After 1,422 games with the Arizona Coyotes franchise, Shane Doan has become the leading goal scorer in the organizations history. Fittingly, Doan’s franchise record-setting goal came against the Winnipeg Jets.
Since being drafted seventh overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1995, Shane Doan has played every single game one of his career with the Jets/Arizona Coyotes franchise. It may have taken 1,422 games, but Doan finally etched his name atop the franchise’s record books Friday. And he did it, fittingly, against the new Winnipeg Jets.
Midway through the first period, Doan and Max Domi broke down the ice on a 2-on-1. Doan was carrying the puck down the right wing and used his veteran savvy to wait until Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien dropped to block the cross-ice pass to Domi. With Byfuglien down, Doan snuck around the downed defenseman, got his stick on the ice, took a perfect pass back from Domi and tapped home career goal 380:
With the marker, Doan moved one ahead of Winnipeg Jets legend and Hall of Fame center Dale Hawerchuk. Granted it came in a different era, but Hawerchuk’s record of 379 goals came in 713 games — little more than half of what it took Doan to reach the mark. That said, Doan had tied Hawerchuk’s mark the game prior with a hat trick against the Chicago Blackhawks, and came into Thursday’s game with an eye on setting the franchise record.
Upon scoring, Doan was met with a standing ovation from fans inside the Gila River Arena for his achievement, but he wasn’t done there. Doan, as the new record holder, started to distance himself from the pack: later in the contest Doan would score an empty-netter to ice the contest for the Coyotes. He now has five goals in his past two games and seven in his past five.
Doan, 39, could very well be in his final season, not just as a part of the Coyotes organization but in the NHL. Doan’s contract is up after this season and he will become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end barring signing a contract extension with the Coyotes. Doan has never won a major individual award and has never been to a Stanley Cup final.