Skip to content

Fanspeak: Doan voted greatest Coyote in franchise history

Aug 10, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

Shane Doan Getty Images

This summer, NBC Sports’ social media team is conducting the #NHLGreatest initiative, designed for fans to choose the best player in each franchise’s history. Balloting was conducted through three platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — with thousands of votes being cast. The results of this initiative will be released throughout the month of August, in conjunction with PHT’s Team of the Day series.

Arizona Coyotes

1. Shane Doan — 626

2. Jeremy Roenick — 189

3. Keith Tkachuk — 139

It’s not hard to see where the fans were coming from on this one. Shane Doan has earned the respect of Coyotes fans for his leadership since becoming the team captain in 2003 and his years of solid play, but its his loyalty that stands out the most.

Doan has spent his entire career as a member of the Jets/Coyotes franchise and while it’s rare for a player to stick with one club, that only scratches the surface of what makes his decision special. While leading the Coyotes on the ice, the franchise went through a prolonged period of uncertainty because the team didn’t have an owner and there was constant speculation about whether or not the Coyotes would relocate.

With that situation as the backdrop, Doan became a free agent in the summer of 2012. While he did test the market, he ultimately took a chance on the Coyotes by signing a four-year, $21.2 million contract. Although the Coyotes regressed on the ice in 2012-13, Doan insisted that he didn’t regret his decision.

“The unique situation with Shane, there’s not many players in sports right now that would take that leap of faith right now,” head coach Dave Tippett said in May 2013.

Doan’s trust was rewarded as the Coyotes’ ownership situation has finally been resolved. He will be 38 in October and has two seasons left on his contract, but he still has some hockey left in him.

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Aug 10, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Jeremy Roenick’s IP linked to 189 seperate Twitter accounts with only tweet (a vote for him) why?

  2. 19inarow - Aug 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Educate yourselves about your franchise’s past, AZ fans; Dale Hawerchuk is, undoubtedly, your greatest player. In 15 years, Shane Doan will be forgotten.

    • mbogdan0 - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      19inarow- first of all it’s greatest COYOTE of all time. Secondly, you’re absolutely entitled to your own opinion but if I was a gambling man I would wager a whole slew of money that Shane Doan will not only still be remembered in 15 years but still top the list as greatest Coyote of all time. The guy was and still is the pioneer of the franchise.

    • areaman714 - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      Yes, the highlight of my year is my annual pilgrimage to Phoenix to view the Dale Hawerchuk statue in downtown Phoenix. I think it is telling what the Yotes and Phoenix community has meant him as he had maintaned residence in nearby Glendale, AZ with his family. He is, and always will be a pillar of this community.

    • phx7355 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Educate yourselves about your franchise’s past, WPG fans; Ilya Kovalchuk is, undoubtedly, your greatest player. In 15 years, Andrew Ladd will be forgotten.

      • dustypeg - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        What does that have to do with anything?!?!? It says franchise, It started in Winnipeg and is being flushed down the proverbial toilet in Glendale. Although Doan is a great guy it doesn’t make him the greatest player in FRANCHISE history. There have been many great Jets over the years that will never get the credit they deserve from that franchise and will be adopted by the new Jets/Atlanta team. Kovalchuck was a huge loss for the franchise… Another blunder by the Atlanta Thrashers.

  3. luz56 - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    As a Coyote it’s Doan… As a franchise it’s Hawerchuck… The game has changed and as a scout told me you cannot compare players from generations ago…Hawerchuck was great Doan was good .. Don’t confuse fan favorite with talent

  4. phxyotes - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Doan is a class act and great captain. He’s one of the few that get it. He may not be the best player on the ice but he’s a great leader and his teammates respect him.

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    It is obviously strictly a Coyotes poll not a Jets/Coyotes poll. Otherwise Doan & Roenick wouldn’t have made the list with greats like Hull, Hawrechuk, Steen & Selanne.
    Doan has done a lot for that team & community & undoubtably deserved this.

  6. govtminion - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Doan is no surprise to me, but I’m surprised that Roenick placed ahead of Tkachuk.

  7. thailer35 - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    No doubt that Doan should be at the top of this list. Surprised Teppo didn’t crack top 3 though.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kane (1785)
  2. P. Kessel (1688)
  3. M. Richards (1441)
  4. P. Datsyuk (1267)
  5. N. Backstrom (1166)