This is a heart-breaker to report. Family and friends are mourning the tragic passing of former high school, junior, college and minor pro goalie Michael Doan.
The popular 25-year old Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native was killed in a single-vehicle accident on Saturday near Rochester, Minnesota. He had been at a friend’s wedding the night before.
A personable and extremely likeable young man, Doan had just completed his first season in the Southern Professional Hockey League.
Prior to turning pro, Doan played four seasons of collegiate hockey. After three seasons with the Northern Michigan University Wildcats of the Division 1, Western Collegiate Hockey Association, he returned to Ontario and starred for the University of Windsor Lancers.
Before that, Doan fashioned a spectacular two-year goal-tending career in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, starring for both the Soo Eagles and Soo Thunderbirds. He also played a season in the Ontario Jr. Hockey League but it was his performance in the NOJHL that led to the scholarship at Marquette-based Northern Michigan U.
A former high school athlete of the year while at St. Mary’s College in Sault Ste. Marie, Doan was an all-city standout in hockey, basketball and football.
Heartfelt condolences are extended to Michael’s large and loving family and his many, many friends.
PHOTO: Michael Doan, during his college hockey days with the Northern Michigan Wildcats.