Rest in peace, Michael Doan

Randy Russon
July 16, 2017

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.

What you think about “Rest in peace, Michael Doan”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear of Michael. Our times with the T-Birds was special and he was a huge part of that team. Too young, too soon R.I.P. Michael. My sympathy goes out to the families and friends.

  2. The Soo Eagles organization offer their condolences to the Doan family on this tragic accident. Not only was Michael a great goaltender, he was a great teammate and person. Really sad to hear. He will be missed but remembered. Our prayers are with you.
    — Bruno, Ron and the Soo Eagles organization.

  3. Lots of thoughts and prayers going out to Mikey’s family and friends. He was a great guy in and out of the locker room.

  4. so sad to hear about Mike, my grandson got his old pads from Evansville Thunderbolts this year, we will miss u Mike but rest in peace bud, see u on the other side.

  5. My beautiful childhood friend Nancy…my heart aches for you…Mike and your family…your Girlfriends walk with you…surrounding you with love…compassion and comfort.

  6. My deepest condolence to Michael’s family. I only had one brief conversation with Michael about 6 years ago but I knew then he was a special person.

  7. Probably a hard one to write Randy, you always had great coverage over the years for this beautiful young man. So heartbreaking for everyone that loves him. I wish he could have stayed …

  8. Mike, Nancy, Eli, Vanessa, and your entire families, we are heartbroken to hear about Michael, so many baseball and hockey memories.
    Deepest condolences to all of you, love The Hawdon Family.

  9. I am not believing what I just read. Although we have not seen each other for many years, you never forget great kids and their families . From an old coach and teammate our family sends our deepest condolences. Our hearts are broken Phil, Doreen , Michael MacIntyre

    1. Just reading this now..its Mike Sr…the Thunderbirds are retiring his number tonight..Phil didnt want him to be a Goalie remember haha..miss you guys xoxo

  10. Our sincere sympathy keeping you all in our prayers. Big hugs there are no words to express how heart breaking this is

  11. Dear Nancy and Mike
    There are no words that I can say except this is an unbelievable nightmare
    My heart is broken for your family

  12. Dear Nancy, Mike and family:
    We are so sad about Mike. We are praying for all of you. We knew Mike from his time at NMU. He was a great person with a big smile and polite, friendly personality. He was a great teammate and friend for our son and the entire hockey team. It was an honor to have had the opportunity to get to know him. He will be missed by more people than you can imagine!! Again, our sympathy goes out to all of you.

  13. Such a tragedy. Michael inspired my son to become a hockey goalie while he was at NMU. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  14. Sorry for your loss I know my son enjoyed having Michael as a teammate with the university of Windsor

  15. Very sad situation to hear about.
    Everyone in our hockey world mourns the loss of any member, especially young men in the prime of their lives.
    I pray that his family knows how deeply saddened everyone who knew Michael is and that their family is in our thoughts & prayers.
    Rest in peace young man…

  16. Our sincere sympathies to Michael’s family and friends.
    Great young man and super goalie.
    Remember him from his T-Bird days playing against the Beavers.

  17. Such a nice young man Michael Doan from a wonderfull and loving family.
    Please accept my condolences. Good memories of Michael will never go a way.

  18. Rip doaner. Best goaltender to ever put the t bird jersey on. Condolences to his family and friends. I hope to see his number hung above the home net wherever the t birds play their home games this season. Great article Randy, I’m sure it wasn’t easy to write.

  19. My sincerest condolences go out to the Doan family and all of his friends and teammates. Prayers go out to all who are mourning this tragic loss. Keep your memories of him close to your heart and cherish those memories forever!

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