Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan

Arizona Coyotes Captain Shane Doan Nets Hat Trick; Ties Franchise Goal Scoring Record

Published On December 29, 2015 | By Jason Harrison | B-Sides

Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan tied the franchise goal-scoring record on Tuesday night with a hat trick against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Arizona Coyotes have the longest serving captain in the NHL in Shane Doan. That captain is also now tied for the franchise lead in goals scored at 379 that is co-held by Winnipeg Jets star Dale Hawerchuk.

Here’s #19 in action netting all three goals past Corey Crawford:

It didn’t happen the way he wanted it to, with the Coyotes losing a high scoring affair 7-5. Doan said afterwards, “Obviously you appreciate it and you’re glad you did it, but there’s no joy in scoring in a game like that.”

Speaking about Hawerchuk, the captain said that “I’m a big fan of his so it’s pretty special but you wish it had come on a different night.”

Still, in his 20th season with the same franchise that drafted him, Doan has been one of the few shining lights in recent years for a fan base that has been battered with rumors of relocation and subpar performances on the ice.

At the beginning of December, Shane Doan penned a wonderful missive about his career and his feelings for the Phoenix area and the state of Arizona in general for The Player’s Tribune.

In the article, Doan mentioned the rumors that have haunted his franchise for years. “We’d be surrounded by rumors that we were going to relocate, and I’d look up in the stands and see familiar faces wearing my jersey and pounding on the glass. Who wouldn’t skate through a brick wall for them?”

Tonight Shane Doan ran through the brick wall for the Arizona Coyotes and showed why he wears the “C” for this organization. It came in a losing effort, but there’s little doubt that his leadership was noticed by the plethora of rookies wearing brick red and black in that locker room.

And now he has another feather to put in the cap of his illustrious career in the desert.