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Report: Coyotes Shane Doan has Rocky Mountain Fever

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Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan is being treated for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever symptoms, per a team report. The Coyotes captain has been out since December 6 and has missed the last six-games.

“Shane’s actually begun light workouts in Glendale but his status, as of today, is ‘week to week’ versus ‘day to day,’” Phoenix Coyotes general manager Maloney said on Friday. “Everybody responds differently to medications so there’s still some uncertainty. The good news is he’s progressing and we’ll continue to monitor his progress.”

According to the Center for Disease Control Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is, “…potentially fatal human illness in North and South America, and is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected tick species…Typical symptoms include: fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, and muscle pain. A rash may also develop, but is often absent in the first few days, and in some patients, never develops.”

Despite missing the last six-games Doan is still the leading the Coyotes with 12-goals. The Coyotes are 2-2-2 in his absence and are currently in fifth place in the Pacific Division.

The Captain was drafted in the first round of 1995 NHL Entry Draft and has spent his entire career with the Coyotes. Doan has been incredibly durable throughout his career and has missed 10 games or less each season since 1998-99.

His absence is missed on and off the ice according to Maloney.

“We miss him on and off the ice,” Maloney said. “He’s still our leading goal scorer and we’ve scored only three goals in the last three games…Off the ice, he keeps people honest and focused on the job at hand and prevents our players from getting too far ahead of themselves. We really miss his presence in these tight games where we need somebody beside the coach telling people that we’ve got a period here to win a game or tie a game. So, the sooner we get him back the better.”

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