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Shane Doan, not Paul Bissonnette, gets invite to play in WMPO Pro-Am

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 04: Former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan (R) laughs as former teammate Paul Bissonnette offers to be his caddie for the Phoenix Open Pro-Am golf tournament during the second intermission of the NHL hockey game between the Arizona Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers at Gila River Arena on January 04, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. Doan will be the first Coyotes player to play in the Pro-Am. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

Always a groomsman and never the groom.

That’s probably how former Arizona Coyote Paul Bissonnette feels after his latest snub.

With the dream of being the first hockey player to ever play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open Celebrity Pro-Am, Biz got up bright and early to head to TPC Scottsdale for an important announcement.

Meeting with 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman Tim Woods on the legendary No. 16, Bissonnette eagerly waited to hear his name called as the latest member of the Pro-Am.

“I’ve never seen it so quiet here, normally it’s chaos, people getting wasted, having a blast and just a whole bunch of fun,” Bissonnette said standing on the tee box of the empty Par-3. “I’m very excited for the announcement today.”

Technically his name is on the list, just not the way he drew it up in his head.

Instead of getting the nod, he got the white caddy jacket with the name, “S. Doan” on the back.

That’s right, Shane Doan, not Bissonnette, was asked to swing the sticks, leaving a bewildered and devastated Biz.

“I was under the understanding that I as going to get asked to play,” Bissonnette said. “They told me you we’re going to ask me to play in the tournament, and now I’m getting asked to caddy for Shane Doan.

“Just like always, Shane Doan gets everything … I get the short end of the stick.”

Clearly distraught at the offer to caddy, Bissonnette took some time for solo reflection, walking the empty stands of the 16th hole and living with heartache.

“I wake up early this morning, all happy, think I’m getting the invite — they never even had a hockey player at this Pro-Am before — and he hits me with the Shane-Doan-Caddy bomb? What am I some pigeon?

“I used to be the jester in the locker room and now they want me to do it once my career is over? Such a joke, no respect around here.”

Shoutout to Doaner for the honor!


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