Shane Doan's Top 5 Moments of His Career
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Doan has not only played for the Coyotes during his 17-year career, he has represented his home nation of Canada at the highest level multiple times.
As we venture back in time, I will try to capture certain moments throughout his career that mark the successful transformation of a role player into a fearless leader that many have come to know and admire.
Here are the top five moments in the career of Shane Doan.
Doan Scores Critical Goal to Help Lead the Winnipeg Jets to the Playoffs
Doan scores against the Kings to help send the Jets to the NHL playoffs (begin at 7:20 mark).
As a Winnipeg Jets rookie in 1995-1996, Doan tallied 17 points during the season. None was more important than the goal that was scored in the final game of the regular season against the Los Angeles Kings. Doan's goal was the game winner and allowed Doan and the much-maligned Jets franchise to advance to the NHL playoffs.
For Doan, this would be the beginning of a career in which he would make it to the NHL playoffs seven times before advancing beyond the first round. It would give him a taste in his rookie season of what the "second season" was like, and Doan only grew more hungry as his career continued.
Doan Named Captain, Makes His First All-Star Game in 2004
Doan scored in his first All-Star Game appearance in 2004.
In 2004, Doan was named captain of the Coyotes after Teppo Numminen left the team to join the Dallas Stars. He not only accepted the role, he thrived with the new responsibility placed on his shoulders.
Doan was rewarded for the tremendous season he was having by being selected for the first time to participate in the 54th annual NHL All-Star Game in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Doan was able to make his mark on the game by scoring in the second period. During the game, Doan proved he belonged with the game's best and brightest.
Doan went on to finish the year with 27 goals and 41 assists for 68 points, all career highs up until that point of his career.
Doan Scores Game-Winning Goal to Win the 2004 World Cup for Canada
Doan scores to clinch the Cup for Canada (start at the 1:50 mark).
Shane Doan has played in many international fixtures for Canada throughout his lifetime. He made his debut in the 1999 World Championships and won his first gold medal with Team Canada in 2003 at the World Championships in Finland.
For any hockey player, winning a gold medal against a star-studded field of the best hockey players in the world might be great. Scoring the game winner in the final game: It doesn't get much better.
Doan's goal helped Canada win the 2004 World Cup held before the NHL lockout during the 2004-2005 season. Doan became an instant hero in all of Canada, and those who questioned his inclusion on Team Canada were silenced by the proud native from rural Halkirk, Alberta.
Doan Captains Canada to the World Championship in 2007
Doan's assist was pinpoint as Nash seals the deal versus Finland (begin video at 1:05 mark).
During the 2007 World Championships in Moscow, Doan was asked to captain Team Canada. Being the leader that he is, Doan took the added responsibility and flourished during the tournament. He scored the game winner against Norway in the preliminary round and followed that up with a hat trick against Belarus in a qualification game.
His assist on Rick Nash's goal in the gold-medal game against Finland sealed the deal for Team Canada and allowed Doan to bask in the glow of captaining the hockey-crazy nation to ultimate glory.
His leadership on the ice during this tournament only proved to doubters that Doan was the right choice at the right time to lead this team.
Doan Leads the Coyotes into Uncharted Waters, Reaches Conference Finals in 2012
Doan leads Coyotes to Western Conference finals for the first time in team history.
Shane Doan is the consummate team player. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is not worried about individual accolades. One thing that had haunted Doan over his career was not advancing past the first round of the NHL playoffs.
Doan had seven tries before the 2012 season, and you could see it wearing on him as the years progressed. Under Dave Tippett, the Coyotes seemed to have turned the corner and Doan led them on a magical run through the 2012 playoffs. They reached the conference finals and eventually lost to the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in five games.
The satisfaction on Doan's face tells you all you need to know in the video above. All Doan has left to do is to win the conference finals and Lord Stanley's Cup. A lot easier said than done.