Shane Doan; The Missing Link

The road to success has been bumpy for Phoenix Coyote captain Shane Doan. A howling good time? Not really ..


All that skating, hitting and leading like a true captain should is about to change. Hopefully for the better as Doan is poised to change addresses.

The fresh Phoenix air will be replaced by the – not – so – fresh breeze off of the St. Lawrence seaway. American hot – dogs exchanged for Quebecois – tortiere pie. Seats filled by hockey students dealt straight up for twenty thousand ‘professeurs’.

Shane Doan is on the verge of becoming a Montreal Canadien.

The Alberta native is a free agent after seventeen years in the NHL. The father of four is a devout Christian man whose parents ran a Christian camp called Circle Square Ranch in Halkirk, Ab. To this day, the thirty- seven year old forward writes bible verses on his hockey sticks.

Montreal is a good fit. Doan can take up residence in St. Joseph’s Oratory high atop Mount Royal. Watching the Habs practice from such a viewpoint, can only invite the spectre of Richard to point out Therrien’s foibles.

Doan, the former Winnipeg Jet – is also the second cousin to Montreal netminder Carey Price. The principle suspect in Doan’s open- mindness to all things Canadiens.


Hab G.M Bergevin has utilized the off- season, his first as a Hab – to construct a team which will be tougher. Between the boards and between the ears. Doan – a two time gold medalist at the world championships, a captain at that level and also in the NHL, fits the criteria for a Bergevin -led squad.

Winning is in his family’s blood …

Price has won everywhere and has been named most valuable player on every team he has played including the Habs ( Molson Cup ). Shane’s first cousin is Catherine Lemay Doan, a two- time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating. Although Catherine is related through marriage – it goes, members of the Doan family love winners …

So does Bergevin.


By adding Doan to his team, the Montreal G.M is surrounding underachievers like Rene Bourque and Scott Gomez with hard-nosed, don’t quit personalities.

Captain Gionta can skate with a little less pressure to poke the Bourques of the world. He can concentrate more on scoring goals.

Having another captain will do that …

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  1. philippe ouimet

     /  July 25, 2012

    Doan would be a perfect fit!!!!! the guy has grit commands respect and has HEART….something our beloved team has been lacking for some time. Got my fingers crossed on this one

    • A little bird told me the info. Doan is a missing piece, if everyone plays like they can – the team should be a cup contender.

  2. Huge fan of Doaner, and it would help the Habs tremendously. Just not sure how good of a fit Montreal is for him considering his age. Could have swore he was going to stay in the West though…

    • It is what I heard. The Habs are suddenly a gritty team which suits Doan. Add his cousin Price, makes sense! Thank you for reading!


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