Josh Doan shares heartfelt message before final game at Mullett Arena

Tonight is the end of an era in the Desert State.



Tonight marks the official end of an era for the National Hockey League, one that many fans believe should have concluded years ago.

The Arizona Coyotes are playing their final game at Mullett Arena, a situation that was maligned from the moment that it was announced. Starting next season, the team will be playing in a brand new location, and will become the first National Hockey League team based in Salt Lake City, UT.

One of the cool stories for the Coyotes this season was the fact that rookie forward Josh Doan, the son of Coyotes franchise icon Shane Doan, has begun his NHL career with the squad he watched his dad play for. 

For someone who witnessed the well-documented struggles of the franchise while growing up, the realization that tonight marks the organization's final game in Arizona hits close to home. Prior to tonight's matchup against the visiting Oilers, the younger Doan expressed that this game will serve as an opportunity for the team to express gratitude to the fans who have supported them over the years.

"I think it's a thank you to them for everything they've done for us, and obviously I know there are a lot of disappointed people out there. People are upset and it's going to hurt, and it will sting for a while. That's something as a player, you want to feel apologetic for everything. But as someone who grew up in the valley, you kind of feel the pain as well. 

"But I think for tonight, we'll focus on the game and enjoy one last game, who knows what will happen down the road. But for now, the Coyotes are still Arizona's team for one more day, so just kind of embrace it." 

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