Shane Doan shifted from executive to proud father when his son, forward Josh Doan, was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the second round (No. 37) of the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
The elder Doan played his entire 21-season NHL career with the Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise and is their all-time leader in games played (1,540), goals (402), assists (570) and points (972), and his No. 19 was retired Feb. 24, 2019. He is now the Coyotes’ chief hockey development officer.
“Just so proud of him,” Shane said. “Today was the day that he’s worked a long time and hard for, to have the opportunity to get drafted into the NHL. It’s something that he didn’t take for granted. For me, it’s surreal that it happened to be the Coyotes. He deserves every single bit of everything he’s getting today. So proud of him.”
Josh Doan (6-foot-1, 183 pounds) scored 70 points (31 goals, 39 assists) in 53 games with Chicago of the United States Hockey League. The 19-year-old was passed over in the 2020 NHL Draft and was No. 87 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters for the 2021 Draft.
He was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, grew up playing in the Junior Coyotes program and is committed to play at Arizona State University next season.
“Anyone growing up from Arizona being selected to Arizona would be an honor,” Josh said. “No matter where you’re from, it’s going to be an honor to be selected by the team that’s from your city. But I think just kind of being around the rink my whole life as a kid, it just makes it that much sweeter and cooler.
“Growing up with my dad and going to the games and watching all the time and being a part of the fan side of it made it a really cool experience today for me and my family.”
Shane said during his career he would joke with his teammates about their kids one day playing for the Coyotes but never thought it would come to fruition.
“There was a stretch where there was Derek Morris and Adrian Aucoin and Michal Rozsival, all their boys were all playing on the Junior Coyotes and we all talked about it, we thought how cool it was,” Shane said. “I don’t think anyone fathomed in their wildest dreams that something like this would happen.”
Shane knew where Josh was ranked on the Coyotes’ draft list and that there was a chance Josh would be available when Arizona had its first of three second-round picks. But when the moment came, he still was surprised.
“He was who we wanted on that list, so [there was] a little bit of a moment to kind of see what was going on but not too much time,” Shane said. “I didn’t really anticipate it as much as I just wanted to kind of watch and see how it happened.”
Josh is participating at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan, the first step in the United States picking its team for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship in December. He was on the ice Saturday when the Coyotes initially reached out.
“I got a call from [Darryl] Plandowski (Coyotes director of amateur scouting) after the fact because I was in the locker room, so I missed the first call,” he said. “But after that I got a call from him and he congratulated me, and I was super excited.”
Shane scored at least 20 goals 13 times over the course of his NHL career, and Josh said he understands his father’s legacy. But he’s out to make his own mark with the Coyotes.
“My goal has kind of been to carve my own path throughout my life and I think me being in Arizona doesn’t really change that,” Josh said. “I can kind of play my own game and my style of play. I like to add a lot of his pieces because I grew up watching him every night for 15 years, but I think I’ll enjoy adding some of my own pieces and hopefully bring something different to Arizona.”
Shane said he’ll be available to support his son however he can, as a Coyotes executive and a father.
“He’s handled himself with so much class and we’ll obviously be there, his mom and I and his brothers and sisters,” Shane said. “It’s going to be fun to just kind of watch him grow into this.”