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Shane Doan announces retirement from NHL in heartfelt letter to fans

August 30 2017 5:04 PM

After spending more than two decades on the ice, Shane Doan is hanging up his skates.

In a heartfelt letter to fans published on Wednesday in the Arizona Republic, the former Arizona Coyotes forward announced his retirement from the NHL following a prosperous career that spanned 21 seasons.

"I'm so grateful and thankful to the Winnipeg Jets for drafting me and giving me a chance to play my rookie season and when the team moved to the Valley in 1996, all I wanted to know was if the Coyotes would keep giving me a chance to play," Doan wrote.

"I could not fathom at the time that I would end up playing in Arizona for the next 21 years, raise a family and call this place home. But that's exactly what happened.

"And that's why this has been one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. I'm retiring from the NHL."

Doan, the seventh overall pick of the Jets in the 1995 NHL Draft, was the last active member of the first iteration of the 1995-96 squad before the franchise moved to Arizona the next year.

After serving as the team's captain from 2003 to 2017, Doan was informed on June 19 the Coyotes would not be re-signing him and he became an unrestricted free agent.

Doan, 40, finished his career as the team's leader in games played (1,540), shots (3,945), goals (402), assists (570), points (972), power-play goals (128) and game-winning goals (69). A two-time All-Star selection, his 1,540 games played is also tied with John Bucyk for 14th on the league's all-time list.

"I felt an indescribable wave of emotion to have the support that I've had over the years from the fans throughout all of the uncertainty," Doan wrote.

"You have always defended me and supported me. Playing in front of you has honestly been one of the greatest experiences of my life."

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