Bill Guerin

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Bill Guerin
Bill Guerin 2010-02-07.JPG
Bill Guerin with the Penguins in 2010.
Born (1970-11-09) November 9, 1970 (age 44)
Worcester, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for New Jersey Devils
Edmonton Oilers
Boston Bruins
Dallas Stars
St. Louis Blues
San Jose Sharks
New York Islanders
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  United States
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1989
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1991–2010

William Robert Guerin (born November 9, 1970) is an American retired professional ice hockey player and current assistant General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Guerin played eighteen seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) winning two Stanley Cup championships with the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins teams. Internationally, Guerin represented the United States in the Olympics in 1998, 2002 and 2006, and participated in two Ice Hockey World Championships. Guerin was the first player of Hispanic descent to play in the National Hockey League.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

Bill Guerin during his time as Islanders captain.

Guerin was drafted in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft fifth overall by the Devils and played with the team from 1991 to 1998. Midway through the 1997-98 season, Guerin was traded (along with Valeri Zelepukin) to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Jason Arnott and Bryan Muir.

After a 41-goal season in 2001–02, he left the Bruins as a free agent and signed a five-year contract with the Dallas Stars.[3] Guerin performed below expectations during his tenure with the Stars. After a disappointing season in 2005–06 where he notched only 40 points, Dallas decided to buy out the remainder of his contract. The conditions of buyouts in the NHL meant that the Stars would pay him two-thirds of the remaining salary on his contract spread out over twice as many years. This meant $6.7 million over one year became $4.4 million over 2 years.

On July 3, 2006, Guerin signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the St Louis Blues.[4] Playing on a line with former Oiler teammate Doug Weight, Guerin revived his career, easily eclipsing his disappointing goal-scoring mark from the 2005–06 season. He was named to the 2007 All-Star game (hosted by the Dallas Stars) to represent the Blues. Despite numerous criticisms of his play during his time as a Star, Guerin received a standing ovation from the Dallas fans in recognition as his status as a longtime fan favorite.

On February 2, 2007, Guerin became the 214th NHL player to play in 1,000 games.[5] Later that month, Guerin was traded to the San Jose Sharks[6] for Ville Nieminen, prospect Jay Barriball, and a conditional first-round pick (either New Jersey's in 2007 or San Jose's in 2008). During the coming off-season, Guerin signed a two-year contract with the New York Islanders.[7] On July 9, 2007, Guerin was named captain of the Islanders, making him the eleventh captain in team history.[8]

Guerin fights Jim Slater, April 2010.

On March 4, 2009 Guerin was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional draft pick. The pick, a 2009 fourth-round pick if the Penguins made the playoffs, was later turned into a 2009 third-round pick once the Penguins advanced to the second round of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs.[9] Guerin won the Stanley Cup on June 12, 2009 with the Penguins, defeating the Detroit Red Wings, by a final score of 2-1 for Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena. His 14 years between Stanley Cups as a player was the third-longest wait in NHL history, behind Chris Chelios (16) and Mark Recchi (15).

After vocal encouragement for his return from the crowd and teammates at Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup parade on June 15, as well as expressing his own affection for the city and team, Guerin signed a one-year contract extension with the Penguins on June 29 at a greatly reduced salary, to play through the 2009–10 season. He became the first player to have a 20-goal season with 7 different teams and one of only two to have a 20-goal season with 5 or more different teams (the other being Eddie Shack). Ray Shero, the general manager for the Pittsburgh Penguins, decided not to offer Guerin a contract for the 2010-2011 season. On September 7, 2010 the Philadelphia Flyers invited Guerin to try out at training camp, However, on October 4, the Flyers released him prior to the start of the regular season.

On December 6, 2010, Guerin announced his retirement as a player from the NHL as a Pittsburgh Penguin.[10] At the time of his retirement, Guerin ranked seventh all-time among Americans in the NHL with 429 goals.[11] On June 6, 2011, The Pittsburgh Penguins hired Guerin as their player development coach.[12]

On June 6 2014, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford announced that Guerin would be promoted to Assistant GM of the Penguins. Rutherford said that Guerin would be focusing on developing the analytical side of the game.

Personal life[edit]

Guerin was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and raised in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. He attended Wilbraham & Monson Academy where he played hockey in High School.

Guerin is of Nicaraguan and Irish descent. He is married to his wife Kara and they have four children, Kayla Lyn, born on July 6, 1997, Grace Elizabeth, born in 1998, Liam, born on May 23, 2001,[13] and Lexi Rose,[14] born on December 2, 2002.[15][16]

While playing hockey, Guerin lived in Moorestown Township, New Jersey with his wife and children.[17]

Guerin is honored as the Penguins nominee for the Masterton Trophy during a pregame ceremony in April 2010.

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Boston College HE 39 14 11 25 64
1990–91 Boston College HE 38 26 19 45 102
1991–92 Utica Devils AHL 22 13 10 23 6 4 1 3 4 14
1991–92 New Jersey Devils NHL 5 0 1 1 9 6 3 0 3 4
1992–93 Utica Devils AHL 18 10 7 17 47
1992–93 New Jersey Devils NHL 65 14 20 34 63 5 1 1 2 4
1993–94 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 25 19 44 101 17 2 1 3 35
1994–95 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 12 13 25 72 20 3 8 11 30
1995–96 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 23 30 53 116
1996–97 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 29 18 47 95 8 2 1 3 18
1997–98 New Jersey Devils NHL 19 5 5 10 13
1997–98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 40 13 16 29 80 12 7 1 8 17
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 30 34 64 133 3 0 2 2 2
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 70 24 22 46 123 5 3 2 5 9
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 21 12 10 22 18
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 64 28 35 63 122
2001–02 Boston Bruins NHL 78 41 25 66 91 6 4 2 6 6
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 64 25 25 50 113 4 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 82 34 35 69 109 5 0 1 1 4
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 70 13 27 40 115 5 3 1 4 0
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 28 19 47 52
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 16 8 1 9 14 9 0 2 2 12
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 81 23 21 44 65
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 61 16 20 36 63
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 5 7 12 18 24 7 8 15 15
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 21 24 45 75 11 4 5 9 2
NHL totals 1,263 429 427 856 1,660 133 39 34 73 152

International play[edit]

Transactions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The Center Of Hockey: Press Room". Centralhockeyleague.com. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Bill Guerin bolts Bruins for Stars". CBC.ca. September 18, 2002. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Blues sign veteran forward Guerin to one-year deal". ESPN.com. 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  5. ^ Rutherford, Jeremy (2007). "Blue Notes: Guerin hits 1,000 games tonight". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  6. ^ "Guerin switches to San Jose Sharks". CNN.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  7. ^ Coffey, Phil (2007). "Islanders bolster offense with Guerin". NHL.com. Retrieved 2007-07-05. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Islanders name Guerin new captain". Archived from the original on 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  9. ^ "Penguins acquire C Guerin". March 4, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Billy Guerin to Retire "As a Pittsburgh Penguin"". PittsburghPenguins.com. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  11. ^ Brehm, Mike (December 6, 2010). "Bill Guerin announces retirement after 18 NHL seasons". USA Today. 
  12. ^ "Penguins Name Bill Guerin Player Development Coach". 
  13. ^ "Atlantic Youth Hockey League - Player Information - Liam Guerin". Atlantichockey.org. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ Bradley, Jeff (2003-01-08). "ESPNMAG.com - Wicked". Assets.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  16. ^ "HHOF Site Map". Hhof.com. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  17. ^ Staff. "Guerin to Flyers? Speculation Bruin", Philadelphia Daily News, November 30, 2001. Accessed March 1, 2011. "Guerin spends his offseasons in Moorestown with his wife, Kara, and their three kids. Kara is from Medford."

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Preceded by
Corey Foster
New Jersey Devils first round draft pick
1989
Succeeded by
Jason Miller
Preceded by
Alexei Yashin
New York Islanders captain
200709
Succeeded by
Doug Weight