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‘Yotes captain Doan skating, healthy after double hernia surgery

Sep 5, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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Even though he played all 48 games and tied for the team goalscoring lead in 2013, Shane Doan didn’t have an enjoyable campaign.

“Last season was a tough one where you felt like you were chasing it the whole year,” Doan told the Arizona Republic about playing with two sports hernias. “You can’t be as physical. You have no jump, and it hurts to get up.

“It hurts to move.”

The 37-year-old suffered his first hernia in 2000, then another in 2001. Those were fixed with an old medical technique of inserting mesh to fix the tears, with the mesh holding a shelf life of 10-12 years.

Last season, the shelf life essentially expired.

That led Doan to see a Philadelphia-based doctor this past summer and undergo a new hernia repair procedure, sans-mesh.

Today, the ‘Yotes captain says he can feel the improvement.

“The things that were going on make you feel older, like everything was a little more work,” he explained. “Now , you feel a little better.”

Doan appears on target to be healthy for training camp, and to start the season on time.

He’s also spent the last week participating in informal skates at the Ice Den in Scottsdale.

  1. andykingsfanatic - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Nice guy off the ice, complaining whiney guy on the Ice. Never will forget his classless handshake in 2012 playoff loss to the Kings. Lost a ton of credibility to me, instead of steadying evryone down after that hit, he showed no leadership and let them give up the winning goal. Yotes are destined to have a miserable season, Smith in Goal another Cancer to that team. Great Goalie but a dirty slashing diver… Need to rebuild and let Doan go somewhere where he can win a cup and be appreciated as a player… At least someone finally owns them now..

    • pimares - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Really you gonna criticize out captain, about a situation that your captain caused. Cheap shot Brown kneed Rozival that game. Brown didn’t deserve a handshake. So don’t be all high and mighty…..

      • thailer35 - Sep 5, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        Not to mention the absolute terrible string of calls at the end of that game. Worst officiating I’ve ever seen.

    • lowenni - Sep 5, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Shane Doan is one of the most respected players in the entire NHL and chose on his own initiative to remain in Phoenix. To me, that shows loyalty and dedication (especially considering Phoenix is a team that has had its fair share of struggles). There are many players that could be criticized–Doan is not one of them. He epitomizes what makes a great captain and a great hockey player.

      Also, Phoenix does not need to rebuild, as they don’t have a horrible team and are only one year removed from making the WCF. Two years from now they could have the deepest defense in the entire NHL (Yandle, OEL, Rundblad, Gormley, Stone, etc.) They can only go up from here.

    • georgemuresanwasmygiant - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      The guy also owned it and said he overreacted in the heat of the moment several times, no credit for that?

  2. jjregan21 - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    A kings fan criticizing our captain? That’s laughable in and of itself. Keep cheering on your dive squad, homer.

  3. jhuck92 - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    A double hernia? That’s no surprise, considering he put the team on his back.

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