Goal to remember

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:44 AM ET

CALGARY -- So where was it we left off ... Oh, yeah. "Doan! Doan! Doan!'' It was early in the third period of the final of the World Cup of Hockey when Shane Doan scored the winning goal for Canada and kind of zoomed around like a balloon with the air let out.

"Now when I watch it, it was an absolutely ridiculous celebration. It was stupid. I should have looked cooler than I looked.''

That was the last game Shane Doan played. Now he's back wearing a Team Canada sweater again and having press people ask him if the long lockout erased his magic moment, if anybody even remembers it.

"I remember!'' said Doan.

"I don't know if other people do, but I do.

"I'm still enjoying the fact that was the last game I played.''

In case the memory has been lost in the lockout, Doan offers the play-by-play.

"Joe Thornton made an unbelievable pass under Teppo Numminen's stick, which was great,'' he said of his Pheonix Coyotes teammate.

"And Miika Kiprusoff went down,'' he said of the Finn who had been the hero of the Calgary Flames' Stanley Cup playoff run. "I had a half-second with the puck on my stick and I was like 'Are you kidding me?' I scored. It was incredible.''

He doesn't have the puck as a souvenir.

"I didn't even think about it. It was the last thing on my mind.''

They chanted "Doan! Doan! Doan!''

He hadn't heard a crowd cheer his name like that since the 1995 NHL entry draft, seconds before they booed Glen Sather for picking Steve Kelly instead of him.

I remember Team Canada GM Wayne Gretzky after Doan emerged as the hero of that game. He couldn't have been more proud of his only Pheonix Coyote on the team if Doan had been his own son.

SCORING THE WINNER

Gretzky said he'd like to be part of the 2006 Olympic team, if there is one, with NHL players, and if he is he'll enjoy showing the film highlight of Doan scoring the winner for Canada in this one. "It's a special movie we put together and show the night before the gold-medal game,'' said Gretzky. "The next group of guys who will watch that movie will see Shane score that goal.''

Doan said he was unbelievably inspired by the film. The young man, who has a picture of Paul Henderson scoring the winner in the 1972 Canada-Russia series on his wall, said "I wanted to go out there and play right then.''

Now he's here and wondering if he'll see that goal in a tape they might show the team the night before the final of the IIHF World Hockey Championships in Vienna.

UNBELIEVABLE

Cornered by a trio of media men, Doan says the thing he remembers vividly is how he felt between the second and third periods of the final.

"I was thinking to myself 'This is unbelievable!' I almost started laughing. I was like 'Don't ever forget this moment, this opportunity you're getting right now.

"I've got uncles and my dad and friends and everyone who has ever played the game would do anything to be in that position and step on the ice in the third period in a tie game.''

Thirty-four seconds in he scored what turned out to be the winner. The next day the lockout began. Doan had his offers to go play in Europe but declined to make a positive out of the negative.

"I have a six-year-old daughter, a three-year-old son and an eight-month-old son,'' he said.

"To have a year where I was able to see them every day, to be part of their lives for a year, was something I never expected. It's something that I'm going to cherish my whole life that I was able to spend this time with them.''

But it's hockey season again. And Doan has become one of the core players for Team Canada.

"I never got to play for Team Canada in the U-16, U-17 of U-18. Winnipeg wouldn't let me go play in the World Junior. I remember sitting down with John Paddock and Terry Simpson and they said, 'Don't worry, Doaner, don't be upset about it. You'll get other chances to play for Team Canada.' ''

Turns out Bobby Smith made the decision.

"The first hockey sweater I ever had as a kid was Team Canada. I wore and wore it until it was too tight to get on anymore.''

Now he's wearing it again. For a fifth time.


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