It's been a long road back for Coyotes' Doan

Phoenix Coyotes right wing Shane Doan (19) carries the puck against the Maple Leafs in Phoenix on...

Phoenix Coyotes right wing Shane Doan (19) carries the puck against the Maple Leafs in Phoenix on Monday night.(Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 PM ET

PHOENIX - Amidst all the common ailments NHLers get in the course of a season — bruised shoulder, shot block contusion, lost teeth — surely Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is not going to show up in the game notes.

But Coyotes captain Shane Doan developed a bad case of it in December and it was quite by fluke the rare condition was detected as early as it was. Feeling lethargic and bothered by severe headaches during a Western Canadian road trip, Doan got to the point where he couldn’t dress for a Dec. 6 game in Vancouver. The fever is a flu-like tick-borne disease that affects people who live or work outdoors.

 


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