Shane Doan has always been the good soldier.
He’s represented his country well on numerous occasion.
Yet despite being captain of the 2008 World Championship entry, and a member of the 2006 Olympic team, Doan was passed over this time around for the upcoming Winter Games in Vancouver.
“Everyone that isn’t on the team is disappointed,” said the Phoenix Coyotes captain. “I was definitely was incredibly disappointed. But at the same time, every one of those guys deserved to be on the team because they’re phenomenal players.
“As a Canadian, it’s such an honour to be on that team. It’s such an incredible team with an amazing group of talent. I’m as big a fan of Hockey Canada as anybody, and I’ll be cheering as hard as anybody.”
Doan, 33, has two gold medals and a pair of silver medals from his time with Team Canada at the World Championships. He also competed in the World Cup prior to the lockout in 2004.
“Those decision those guys (Hockey Canada) makes are very hard decisions,” said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett. “I’ve said this many times, you can interchange five or six players on those teams and you’d have the same argument for those other guys.
“Obviously we’re disappointed Shane didn’t make it, he has a great history with Hockey Canada. But I have a lot of respect for that staff that did their due diligence to put that team together and you have to understand that they’re doing what they think is best for that group.”
Doan’s Olympic dream is not completely dead. He could still take part, if one of the players chosen to represent the country goes down with an injury between now and the start of the Games in February.
“I have no say over that,” Doan said. “But I don’t think anybody would in a million years – I know I wouldn’t - hope for anything unfortunate to happen to anybody.”