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Tuesday, 12.1.2009 / 3:04 PM MT / Community
By Dave Vest
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Click here to see a photo gallery of the team's visits and click here to watch a video of the visits.

Coyotes players visited children at three Valley hospitals on Tuesday to spread warm wishes and holiday cheer.
Photo by Norm Hall

It’s a visit the team’s players make annually to connect with the community they play in and play for.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan said he always is touched by the experience.

“As players, this is an opportunity for us to give a little bit back for all the amazing things we are given,” Doan said. “This time of year it’s always tough for families to be away from each other and it feels good to be able to help them out in any way.”

Doan is the father of four children.

“I see brave kids that are my kids’ ages who are going through stuff that I can’t fathom,” Doan said. “Any time you can visit with one of those children and maybe make them smile or laugh for a little while, it’s a nice feeling.”

Many of the players visited the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix. Others visited Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa and Banner Thunderbird in Glendale.

"As a parent myself, I can't imagine what these families are going through and how hard it must be for them on a daily basis," center Matthew Lombardi said. "These kids are going through a lot and they are real strong kids. These visits are very inspirational and really touch you." is the official Web site of the Arizona Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes and are trademarks of IceArizona Hockey Co LLC, NHL, NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL Logos and marks NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 2016 The Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Contact Us