One of the most respected players in the game, Shane Doan has experienced the highs and lows of being an NHLer. In a game on December 13, 2005, he was accused of making a racial slur against a French-Canadian official, a charge that was never founded or punished. Doan has represented his country internationally on several occasions, including at six World Championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He has been captain on several occasions and is known to be a God-fearing man incapable of swearing or taking the Lord’s name in vain. Shane Doan gets a little luck and inspiration from a Biblical reference he writes on all his sticks.
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Doan has played his entire career with Winnipeg/Phoenix. His rookie season, 199596, was the last for the Jets in Manitoba, and the next year the team transferred to Arizona and he with it. He became Coyotes captain in 2003, a position he has held ever since.
For Doan, the very concept of superstition is superseded by his religious beliefs, but that doesn’t mean the two can’t go together. That is, it’s one thing for a player to believe in God, but it’s another to ask God, as it were, for a little extra help at the arena.
In Doan’s case, it is a short passage from the Book of Jeremiah, post 29, verse 11. The passage reads: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” For this reason, Doan has always written “29:11” on all his sticks since 1995.
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