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Doan looks to cement his legacy in Coyotes folklore by leading them to the Stanley Cup Finals
You rarely see a player who embodies what Shane Doan is all about.
On the ice: fearless, motivated, ferocious, uncompromising
Off the ice: kind-hearted, giving, family-oriented, average guy
All of those adjectives are used quite frequently when talking about the 6'2", 228 lb. native of Halkirk, Alberta. What Doan lacks in hardware (trophies), he more than makes up for in what he means to the people of the Valley of the Sun.
His work ethic is unmatched. He is frequently one of the first player's in the door and one of the last players out of it.
His desire to succeed is tough to understand. Many of his teammates marvel at the lengths Doan will go to, to help his teammates achieve success.
His value as a teammate is often understated. Even though many talk about Doan as a great leader, his overall value to the team and the franchise might be unmatched in all of hockey.
While Doan has cemented his legacy in Phoenix by getting them out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history last season, he seeks to be the leader of the team that reaches the pinnacle of success in this wonderful sport.
If Doan was able to bring the Stanley Cup to the desert, he would achieve legend status in the community. While he is already well-regarded by anyone who he seems to have come across in the Valley, the arrival of Lord Stanley's Cup would elevate him to the top of the current heap of Valley sports heroes.
Many might argue this. Many say that hockey doesn't work in the desert, that the team needs to relocate. Many would even say that we don't deserve a Stanley Cup here because we are not a true hockey town. Others would argue that nobody in Phoenix would even care if they won the Cup.
All are somewhat valid points if you look at attendance numbers, revenue, etc. But without Shane Doan pledging his future to the Coyotes, there truly might not be a team in the desert after this season. Without Shane Doan out in the community giving the Coyotes a great face of the franchise, those that are showing up, might not be. Without Shane Doan's jovial off-ice demeanor, he wouldn't be the media darling that this team so desperately needs him to be to draw interest. Finally, without Doan, the Coyotes would not have the on-ice leader that has lead them to their recent successes.
Doan means so much to the Valley and its hockey community that he might not even know how much he is valued. Knowing the type of selfless guy that he is, you would never hear it from him if he did know.