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Shane Doan joins Scottsdale Polo Party as part of Arizona Polo Club squad

Photo of Shane Doan who is playing in the Scottsdale Polo Party event
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Doan saddles up Saturday, Nov. 5, at Scottsdale Polo Party

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The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Presented by Talking Stick Resort has seen some of the world’s greatest polo players set to take to the field at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

Among those polo greats are Nic Roldan, Nacho Figueras, Sunny Hale, Julio Arellano, Jason Crowder and Jeff Hall, proponents of the brand contend.

New in 2022, however, and for the first time in Scottsdale’s Polo Party history, a former National Hockey League star will saddle up and hit the pitch to play polo in what has been coined “Hockey on Horseback.”

Former Arizona Coyotes Captain and legend No. 19 Shane Doan — the franchise’s all-time leading scorer — will turn his skates for riding boots, hockey sticks for a mallet, and the puck for a polo ball to try his hand at polo, according to a press release.

Mr. Doan has represented Team Canada numerous times in international play, and has won five medals (two gold, three silver) at the World Championships. Also, he helped Canada win the World Cup championship in 2004 and was also a member of Canada’s 2006 Winter Olympic team.

In 2022, Doan was also general manager of Team Canada’s Olympic Hockey Team at the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the release states.

Mr. Doan is spending the next 60 days fall months training and learning how to play the beautiful sport under the guidance of Andres Camacho, Diego Florez and Natalie Camacho of the Arizona Polo Club.

“I’ve been riding horses my entire life and even had a horse ranch for many years,” Mr. Doan said in a prepared statement. “I have always been fascinated by the fast-paced, action-packed game of polo and now that I’m retired I feel like it’s a good time in my life to try the sport and see if I can put some of my hockey skills to good use and play polo. I don’t know how good I’m going to be but I’m excited to give it try and make my polo playing debut here at the Scottsdale Polo Party.”

Mr. Doan was introduced to the event last year when he was honored with the day’s “First Drop” to start the match. Last year more than 13,000 fans turned out for the one-day event.

The Scottsdale Polo Party

Mr. Doan will be one of several new players and elements for this year. Among the polo teams confirmed to play in 2022:

  • The United Kingdoms’ Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club and Wales Polo Team;
  • Aspen Valley Polo Club;
  • USA Women’s Team;
  • Switzerland;
  • The El Paso-Naranjo Polo Club; and
  • Arizona Polo Club.

Polo star Nic Roldan returns alongside the first family of American polo — Marc and Melissa Ganzi — who are the event’s defending champions and own the prestigious Aspen Valley Polo Club.

Fans can expect to see four thrilling and action-packed polo matches, a full day of events and enhanced and VIP experiences. Guests seeking the ultimate VIP experience can get reserved seating and tables in The Molina Fine Jewelers Drivers and Players VIP Lounge, the Barrett-Jackson Champagne and Jazz Lounge, and Prime: A Luxury Tent Experience by Steak 44, Neiman Marcus, Barrett-Jackson, and Bentley Scottsdale.

Besides the polo action, fans can also enjoy The Polo Party’s signature experience within the event like the Canine Couture Dog Fashion Show presented by Lugari Pet Salon, the World’s Longest Catwalk Fashion Show produced by Phoenix Fashion Week, and a preview of Barrett-Jackson’s 2023.

Photo of revelers at the Scottsdale Polo Party

New in 2022 at the Scottsdale Polo Party

General admission tickets are $45 and includes field-side experiences like the Sanderson Lincoln Black Label Lounge and several other DJ-infused party tents including the Grimaldi’s Pizza & Beer Disco, Prosecco & Popcorn, and the Riot House DayClub – the “Bird’s Nest” of American polo.

Tickets and tables including the best locations are now on sale at ThePoloParty.com. In some of the VIP tents — guests will also have the option of purchasing four-seat tables as well as the standard eight-top versions.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

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