After 21 years in the NHL, former Coyotes captain Shane Doan officially announces his retirement.

Back in June, Arizona revealed they would not be re-signing their longtime captain though it appeared that Doan was still interested in playing. After a long offseason with minimal interest, he decided it was time to call it quits.

In his emotional letter he wrote thanking Coyotes fans in the Arizona Republic, which can be found here, Doan said he knew it was the right time and is at peace with his decision.

Doan was drafted 7th overall in 1995 by the Winnipeg Jets and was the last remaining active player of the original franchise. Prior to his retirement, he was the longest serving captain in the NHL.

In 1,540 games, he tallied 402 goals and 570 assists (972 points), holding the record for most goals, assists, and points in the history of the Jets/Coyotes franchise.

Throughout his lengthy career in Arizona, Doan always remained a fan favorite for his loyalty and dedication to the organization.  The Coyotes twitter account put it best, simply thanking him for being him.

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