Doan diagnosed with knee, cartilage injuries

Updated: April 2, 2004, 9:40 PM ET
Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan was diagnosed Friday with knee and cartilage injuries that will keep him out of Saturday's season finale against Chicago.

Shane Doan

It hasn't been determined if Doan will need surgery, team officials said.

Doan, a 27-year-old right wing who was named captain before this season, finished it with career highs in goals (27), power-play goals (9) and points (68) in 79 games.

He missed two games in a home-and-home exchange with Colorado in mid-March because of a deep thigh bruise, plus the finale.

"He epitomizes a player willing to play through pain," general manager Mike Barnett said. "He had that charley horse, a cheekbone that at first we thought might have been fractured and the sore knee, and he still played 21 or 22 minutes and scored important goals for us, and that's why he's the leader and warrior that he is on our team."

Doan hurt his knee in Edmonton on Sunday, a game in which he scored two goals, and took a puck in the left cheek against Vancouver the next night.

Barnett said team surgeon Matt Maddox ordered an MRI exam of the knee when the swelling did not decrease after 48 hours. Maddox also did a CAT scan of Doan's cheek, which turned out to be bruised but not broken.

The MRI found low-level damage -- not necessarily a tear -- to Doan's medial collateral ligament and medial meniscus cartilage. Maddox prescribed three weeks of rest before deciding whether the knee will require surgery.

"After three weeks of near-minimal activity, he will evaluate it at that point," Barnett said.

Doan, who helped lead Canada to a gold medal at the 2003 World Championships, was picked for his first All-Star appearance this season.

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