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Shane Doan retires after 21 NHL seasons

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Former Arizona Coyotes captain calls retirement “one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make”

Free agent forward Shane Doan retired from the NHL on Wednesday morning. He released a letter via the Arizona Republic announcing his decision.

Doan was less than pleased when the Coyotes organization decided they would not bring him back for a 22nd season. He had a frustrated tone during interviews for radio and print as he felt he was “corporately fired”.

The tone of the article released early Wednesday morning on was that of gratefulness. Doan thanked the fans multiple times for their support. He also thanked his wife and four children for sacrifices they made during his career.

The power forward sprinkled humor into the letter, as well. He said that when the team moved to Arizona, all he “wanted to know was if the Coyotes would keep giving me a chance to play.” The line immediately after starts, “against their better judgement, they did…”

The Winnipeg Jets drafted Doan seventh overall in 1995. He played for the franchise for his entire 21 year career, spending 20 of those seasons in Arizona.

Doan retires as the Coyotes’ franchise leader in games played (1540), goals (402), assists (570), points (972) and power play goals (125). He is also the longest-tenured captain during the team’s time in the desert, being the leader of the club for 13 seasons.

The Coyotes decided they would not bring back their longtime captain in mid-June, despite Doan’s desire to play another season. He put off retirement as he waited for a new team to offer, but it never materialized.

There are reports that Doan and fellow veteran free agent Jarome Iginla will play for Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The NHL decided they will not stop the season to send their players to South Korea. Doan’s retirement from the NHL will allow him to participate if he wants to. He told Sarah McLellan in a separate article that he does not plan on playing in the Olympics.