IRVING, Texas — Less than one year removed from the end of his 21-year National Hockey League career, retirement remains weird for Shane Doan.
“You do something for as long as we’ve done it, that’s your whole focus. And now that’s no longer there,” Doan said. “It’s definitely a new mindset.”
However, Doan, who played 1,540 NHL games, has found his happy place on the bench for the Arizona Junior Coyotes, who won the 2018 USA Hockey Rocky Mountain District Youth Tier I 15-Only Tournament with a 5-2 victory against Dallas Stars Elite on Sunday.
Coaching his son, Josh, a forward, was something Doan has been looking forward to.
“I always wanted to coach my son for sure. My dad coached me,” he said. “I was definitely excited. When I retired, that was the first thing I wanted to do.”
When he’s not coaching, Doan works for the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department, a job where he communicates with coaches and general managers on play and rules, all from his Arizona home.
Doan brings a player’s perspective and enjoys his new position because of the “team environment.”
Junior Coyotes head coach Mike Deangelis has worked alongside Doan for a short time, but they have quickly built a great relationship.
“It’s been beyond amazing,” Deangelis said. “There’s a reason he’s one of the most respected guys to have ever played in the NHL, and one of the most respected captains, ever. He was special to me this year. I enjoyed every minute with him and learned so much, as the kids have.”
In Sunday’s championship game, Arizona was tied 1-1 with Dallas Stars Elite late in the first period, and the Junior Coyotes needed a spark.
Arizona received one in truly unexpected fashion as Riley Stuart and Matthew Knies scored back-to-back shorthanded goals, giving Arizona a 3-1 edge at the first intermission.
“Yeah, we work on our penalty kill being a little more aggressive than some of the other times might be, but it was wide open there at the beginning. Both teams were wide open,” Deangelis said.
Arizona went on to prevail 5-3.
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Youth Tier I
14U: Dallas Stars Elite
15-Only: Phoenix Junior Coyotes
16U: Dallas Stars Elite
18U: Dallas Stars Elite
Girls Tier I
16U: Dallas Stars Elite
19U: Team Colorado
Girls Tier II
16U: Aspen Leafs
19U: Arizona Lady Coyotes
Dallas Stars Elite Capture Tier 1 16U Crown
Locked in a tight 1-1 battle after one period, Dallas Stars Elite pulled away thanks to three goals in the middle frame and defeated the Colorado Thunderbirds 5-3 on Sunday to clinch the Tier I 16U championship.
Caden Villegas scored twice for Dallas Stars Elite, who also got a goal and two assists from Cross Hanas, who finished tied for second in 16U with six points.
Colorado made things interesting late when Alex Hodges, who led the 16U division with seven points, scored a power-play goal after the Thunderbirds had pulled their goalie, to make it 5-3, but that was as close as the visitors would get.
Dallas Stars Elite goaltender William Proctor stopped 27 of 30 shots to earn his third win of the tournament. Proctor led 16U play with a 1.32 goals against average and .938 save percentage.
Stellar Goaltending Propels Dallas Stars Elite to 18U Title
Dawson Zimlich was simply unbeatable between the pipes for Dallas Stars Elite 18U.
Zimlich stopped all 51 shots he faced in his three starts, capping his perfect tournament by stopping all 21 attempts he faced in Sunday’s 3-0 win against the Colorado Rampage.
Dallas Stars Elite scored 20 goals in their four games while allowing only one, which came in a 6-1 win against Dallas Blackhawks Elite 18U on Saturday, a game Josh Henson started in goal and stopped nine of 10 shots.
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