Shane Doan retires

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Shane Doan has announced his retirement on Wednesday morning. He played 21 seasons in the NHL.

He was released from the Arizona Coyotes earlier this season. Doan became a free agent on July 1st.

Shane Doan (Getty Images)

Shane Doan (Getty Images)

There were several teams, who were interested in adding the 40-year-old, but he elected to step away. One team reportedly offered him a contract, as well.

“I’m retiring from the NHL,” Doan wrote in a letter to the Arizona Republic. “My wife, Andrea, and I prayed about this, and I truly believe this is His timing. I have peace, and I’m so thankful for that.

“I’ve been blessed and I’m so grateful for the fans and their support. They stuck by me throughout my career and the ups and downs of the Coyotes. There are a lot of players with more skill than me and a lot more ability than me that didn’t ever get the type of appreciation that I got and the type of respect that the fans gave me, and I’m so grateful for that. I can’t express how much I appreciate it. Thank you for watching me grow up, and I enjoyed watching a lot of you grow up, too.”

Doan broke into the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets during the 1995-96 season. Once the team relocated to the Arizona area, he remained with the team.

He had 402 goals and 972 points in 1,540 games. He also had 1,353 penalty minutes.

Throughout his 21-year career, he made $67.4 million.

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