Ex-Wildcat hockey goalie Michael Doan dies in auto accident

Michael Doan

MARQUETTE — Former Northern Michigan University and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Thunderbirds goalie Michael Doan died in a single-car accident on Saturday morning in Minnesota.

Doan was driving a 2013 Nissan Altima on Highway 14 just outside Rochester when his car reportedly went into a ditch, struck a utility pole and landed on its top, according to a report from police and reported by The Junior Hockey News website, thejuniorhockeynews.com.

Doan, 25, was a Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native who played goalie for the Wildcats from 2012-15, and was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team for the 2014-15 season. Doan, listed as 6-foot-4 and 214 pounds, had a record of 5-13-2 at NMU.

He transferred to the University of Windsor, Ontario, for his senior season, 2015-16, according to www.hockeydb.com.

Prior to his time at NMU, he attended college at St. Mary’s College and played for the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Wellington Dukes and Huntsville Otters of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Last season, Doan played for the Knoxville, Tennessee, Ice Bears and the Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Professional Hockey League, playing in a total of 20 games.

He was named a player of the week in early November for Knoxville.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.