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Doan would surrender captaincy if asked but team stands behind their man

Doan would surrender captaincy if asked but team stands behind their man

Shane Doan would step down as captain of Canada if he is asked to, but the county's ice hockey federation remains steadfast in support of the Phoenix Coyotes forward.
There was more attention on Doan than on Canada's 5-4 victory over Slovakia on Wednesday at the World Championship, after it was announced Canadian ice hockey officials agreed to appear before a parliamentary committee in Ottawa to explain why he was named captain for the tournament.
"I'm embarrassed that there's all this attention about it," he said. "I never said anything so I don't understand why it keeps getting a life of its own."
Despite the ordeal, the team is determined to keep Doan as its captain.
"I said to Hockey Canada I'd support any decision they made," Doan said. "They've been nothing but supportive of me. I obviously don't want to cause a distraction but in our locker room it's been great."
Canadian ice hockey federation president Bob Nicholson, chairman Rene Marcil and senior director Brad Pascall will appear Thursday before Canada's House of Commons' Official Languages Committee.
Canada's opposition parties questioned the choice of Doan due to accusations he uttered an ethnic slur in 2005 toward French-speaking officials during a National Hockey League game between his Phoenix Coyotes and the Montreal Canadiens. An investigation by the NHL found no evidence he used any slur. It has been suggested it may have been made by another player on the ice.
New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton suggested that Doan's captaincy would "cast a shadow on (Canada's) participation on the international stage." Fellow opposition party Bloc Quebecois said it was disrespectful to French Canadians.
"Wherever this guy's coming from, he's got to park it right now," Canada coach Andy Murray said. "There's a lot more issues in Canada that are more important and certainly globally as well. Let's get real and get on with things."
Doan said he had received a call from Layton.
"He never apologized. It wasn't a call to apologize, it wasn't that," Doan said. "He left me a message to wish me all the best and to play hockey and to do what I do and to encourage me to go forward and to play hockey.
"I think he said it's too bad that I'm caught up in all this and that we'll work it out when we can talk. I returned the phone call and I simply said I appreciated his time and him giving me a phone call but I wished he'd not commented the way he had before getting a chance to know who I was and that I'd love an opportunity to express my side of the story."
Doan said the comment that landed him in trouble was about "four French referees in Montreal," but included no slur.
Doan was part of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2003 and 2004 World Championships.
Doan is suing former sports minister Denis Coderre contending that he falsely accused him of making the slur to referee Stephane Auger. Doan also wants Coderre to make a public retraction.


Updated : 2021-05-07 19:40 GMT+08:00