Shane Doan to return to Coyotes on Saturday
Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who hasn’t played since December 4, is set to make his return on Saturday.
He suffered from an illness that was later diagnosed as Rocky Mountain Fever.
Mayoclinic.com says, “Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a tick-borne bacterial disease that affects the cells in the lining of your blood vessels, making the vessels leak. This can eventually cause serious damage to internal organs, particularly your kidneys.”
“I think I’ve got enough [energy] and feel good enough that I can go,” Doan told the team’s website after the Coyotes’ practice Friday. “I want to play. … I want to be able to help out. Guys are battling hard and doing everything they can to find ways to win. You want to help. That’s what we’re supposed to do and that’s what I’m paid to do. I want to get out there and try to do it.”
Doan is the longest-tenured Coyote, having spent 18 years with the team. His rookie year was the franchise’s final year in Winnipeg (when they were the Jets).