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Coyotes’ Doan has ‘some form of Rocky Mountain fever disease’

Dec 20, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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It appears we have an answer to the question, what’s wrong with Shane Doan?

“It looks like some form of Rocky Mountain fever disease,” Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said Friday, per the Arizona Republic. “Our medical team is on top of it. Every day he seems like he’s getting a little better and a little more energy and has started to exercise a little more. We’re encouraged. He’s trending in a positive manner and for us. It’s just going to take time.”

Doan last played Dec. 4. The 37-year-old’s status is week-to-week, according to Maloney.

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a tickborne disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii. This organism is a cause of potentially fatal human illness in North and South America, and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected tick species.

“It’s certainly not to the point that we’re worried that he’ll never return,” Maloney said. “But it is my understanding that it’s an illness that responds to medication. Everybody’s different.”

  1. patthehockeyfan - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Doan.

  2. esracerx46 - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    That’s some serious stuff! Get well soon Doan!

  3. sjsharks66 - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Scary! Get well soon!

  4. namriverrat69 - Dec 20, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    As a young child in Tucson it was thought I had Valley Fever which I believe is worse. Further tests showed I didn’t have it but it sure scared my parents. There are a number of diseases like this, Rocky Mountain Fever and Nocardia to name a few that are synonymous with the South West and Arizona specifically.

    Get well soon Mr. Doan. I look forward to my LA Kings playing you and your Coyotes many more years.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  5. lowenni - Dec 20, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Sad that one of the best people in hockey has this happen to him (of course, it would be sad to see this happen to anybody). That being said, Shane Doan is one of the most respected players and leaders in the NHL and is a class act both on and off the ice. Hope he recovers quickly and fully.

  6. csilojohnson - Dec 20, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Rocky Mountain Fever… West Coast Lyme Disease

  7. muckleflugga - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM


    we had our version here in southern alberta…still shows-up again and again…in the spring…in the lazy hazy crazy days of summer…water borne…flagellate protozoan…

    beaver fever…greatest hazard to health…withdrawal symptoms…

    coitus interruptus

    going out a second story window…one leg on, trailing shirt, underwear, socks…flaccid…no drain pipe…broken leg…cracked skull…double aught buckshot…infects 200 million males annually…

    no known cure

  8. dutchman1350 - Dec 20, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    That bites! Get well soon…the best Captain in the NHL.

  9. proudliberal85392 - Dec 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    One of the true good guys. Get well soon, Doaner!

  10. ryanprzy - Dec 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    He was playing some of the best hockey of his career up until this setback. It’s impressive that he’s playing this well into his late-30s.

    I hope to see him shake this bug and get back into the lineup soon because he’s just one of those players that I respect, and he means a lot to the game. This is in spite of some of the comments he made earlier in his career about my Wings, lol.

  11. drewzducks - Dec 21, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Get well soon Shane.

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