Eight months ago, the Phoenix Coyotes inducted Keith Tkachuk into the Coyotes Ring of Honor before a game against the St. Louis Blues. It was a fitting atmosphere because Tkachuk played his post-Coyotes years with the Blues.
Tkachuk played 10 seasons with the Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise. During that time, Tkachuk scored 323 goals and 300 assists. Tkachuk also had a +25 rating and accumulated 1,508 penalty minutes. Tkachuk scored 40+ goals four times and 50+ goals twice with the franchise. Tkachuk made three all-star appearances with the Coyotes franchise. Tkachuk played all but 18 games with the Blues after leaving Phoenix. He ended up with 538 career goals, 1,065 career points and 2,219 penalty minutes.
Tkachuk was very modest during his speech saying, “You know what, I feel bad. I don’t want to take too much time up there with the players having an important game.” It was a sentiment echoed again by Tkachuk later that night when he said, “They didn’t have to do this. They went above and beyond, so it was incredible. I’m telling you, I was caught off guard. It was nice.” Tkachuk was presented with an engraved watch and a framed jersey, which has become standard in Coyotes Ring of Honor ceremonies. Tkachuk was the sixth player inducted in the Coyotes Ring of Honor joining the likes of: Bobby Hull, Dale Hawerchuk, Thomas Steen, Teppo Numminen and Wayne Gretzky.
NOTES: Quotes used in this article are either from the speech given at Jobing.com Arena, or those reported by the Arizona Republic after the game.
A rumor has floated around that Buffalo has recently offered Shane Doan a 4-year $30 million contract. This rumor has been out for weeks and is by no means “new.” Doan has had offers on the table for weeks, yet continues to wait for ownership situation to clear. Do not read more into these reports than necessary.
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