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Shane Doan Is Retiring

from Arizona Sports,

Shane Doan called it a career on Wednesday and announced his retirement, reports 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro.

Doan spent 21 seasons in the NHL, all of which were spent with the Arizona Coyotes franchise.

The decision was reached despite Edmonton, Calgary, Nashville, Dallas and the New York Rangers showing interest in Doan as a free agent.

One team had even offered him a contract, but Doan told Gambadoro that he didn’t want to move his family and risk becoming a fourth-line player in an unfamiliar place.

Doan said he was at peace with his decision.

The long-time captain placed a “thank you” letter published in the The Arizona Republic.

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added 8:30am, Doan's thank you is below...

Shane Doan at azcentral,

I’m retiring from the NHL.

My wife, Andrea, and I have prayed about this, and I truly believe this is His timing. I have peace, and I’m so thankful for that.

I’ve been blessed and I’m so grateful for the fans and their support. They stuck by me throughout my career and the ups and downs of the Coyotes. There are a lot of players with more skill than me and a lot more ability than me that didn’t ever get the type of appreciation that I got and the type of respect that the fans gave me, and I’m so grateful for that. I can’t express how much I appreciate it. Thank you for watching me grow up, and I enjoyed watching a lot of you grow up, too.

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Vladimir16's avatar

One team had even offered him a contract, but Doan told Gambadoro that he didn’t want to move his family and risk becoming a fourth-line player in an unfamiliar place.

i.e. His wife was having none of that.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 08/30/17 at 10:49 AM ET

Paul's avatar

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - The Arizona Coyotes issued the following statement today regarding Shane Doan’s announcement that he is retiring from the NHL.

“On behalf of the entire Arizona Coyotes organization, our fans and our corporate partners, we would like to thank Shane for everything that he’s done for our franchise over the past 21 years. Shane had an incredible career on the ice and we are very proud of everything that he accomplished in a Coyotes uniform. He will be remembered as one of the greatest captains in NHL history. Off the ice, Shane was a great ambassador for growing the game of hockey in Arizona and his contributions to the community are immeasurable. Shane will be a Coyote for life. Thank you Captain!”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/30/17 at 12:46 PM ET

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