Doug Weight

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Doug Weight
Doug Weight 2008.jpg
Born (1971-01-21) January 21, 1971 (age 43)
Warren, MI, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Edmonton Oilers
St. Louis Blues
Carolina Hurricanes
Anaheim Ducks
New York Islanders
National team  United States
NHL Draft 34th overall, 1990
New York Rangers
Playing career 1991–2010

Douglas Daniel Weight (born January 21, 1971) is a retired American professional ice hockey player who is currently an Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager for the New York Islanders. During his 19-year National Hockey League career, he played for the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks, St. Louis Blues and the New York Islanders.

Playing career[edit]

Weight graduated in 1989 from Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, Michigan. He played his amateur career within The Compuware youth hockey organization (aaa level), before being drafted by the Bloomfield Jets of the North American Junior Hockey League (NAJHL, now The North American Hockey League). High school hockey is not considered competitive hockey in the Detroit, Michigan area. Weight led the NAJHL in scoring, and was recruited by Lake Superior St. University. Weight played two years in the NCAA with Lake Superior State University, from 1989–91. He was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft with their second pick, 34th overall. After completing his second year with his college team, he played a single playoff game with the Rangers in 1991, then split time between the Rangers and their AHL affiliate the Binghamton Rangers. He played 65 games with the Rangers in his first full NHL season, 1992–93, before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers for forward Esa Tikkanen.

Weight played eight and a half seasons with the Oilers, secluding a stint with SB Rosenheim of the German Elite League (DEL) during the shortened 1994–95 NHL season, serving as their captain from 1999–2001. It was as an Oiler that he earned his reputation as a premiere playmaker, leading Edmonton to five consecutive playoff appearances and scoring a personal-best 104 points during the troubled 1995–96 season. Due to Edmonton's precarious financial situation, Weight was traded on July 1, 2001, to the St. Louis Blues, along with Michel Riesen, for forwards Marty Reasoner and Jochen Hecht and defenceman Jan Horáček.

Weight spent the next three seasons with the Blues before returning to the DEL, due to the 2004 NHL Lockout, to play in the final stages of the 2004–05 season with the Frankfurt Lions. Upon the resumption of the NHL in the 2005–06 season, Weight returned to the weakened Blues before he was traded after waiving a no-trade clause, along with the rights to Erkki Rajamaki, to the Carolina Hurricanes for Jesse Boulerice, Mike Zigomanis, the rights to Magnus Kahnberg and draft picks on January 30, 2006.

In the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals against former team in the Oilers, Weight and the Hurricanes suffered a huge blow during Game 5, when he was sandwiched heavily along the boards by Raffi Torres and Chris Pronger in the second period of the game, which the Oilers won 4–3 in overtime on June 19, 2006. Weight missed the remainder of the Finals with a shoulder injury. His team, however, won the Stanley Cup in 7 games.

Weight with the St. Louis Blues in 2006.

Weight then returned to the Blues as a free agent, signing a two-year contract on July 2, 2006. During the 2006–07 season, Weight played his 1000th game against the Edmonton Oilers on November 17, 2006.[1] With the Blues out of contention for the playoffs for the third season in a row, Weight was again traded to the Anaheim Ducks for center Andy McDonald on December 14, 2007.

On July 2, 2008, Weight was given a one-year contract by the rebuilding New York Islanders. On January 2, 2009, Weight registered his 1000th point while playing for the Islanders, with an assist on a goal scored by Richard Park.[2] Weight re-signed with the Islanders for the 2009–10 season. He succeeded former longtime Oiler teammate, Bill Guerin, as captain of the Islanders on October 2, 2009.[3] Despite missing a large portion of the season to various injures and scoring 1 goal in 36 games, Weight was signed to a one-year extension with the Islanders on August 31, 2010.[4]

After enduring a second consecutive year decimated by a lingering back injury,[5] Weight announced his retirement following the 2010–11 season on May 26, 2011. With his retirement as a player from the game of hockey after 19 seasons in the NHL, it was immediately announced by the Islanders General Manager, Garth Snow, that Weight would continue on with the organization as an assistant Coach and Special Assistant to the GM.[6] Weight finished as number 5 out of all American players in points.

Doug Weight with the New York Islanders

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City
World Cup
Gold 1996 United States

Weight has played several times internationally for his country. He made 3 World Championship appearances for the United States in 1993, 1994 and 2005. He was a part of the silver medal winning team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and also played with Team USA at the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.[7]

In his only junior tournament in the 1991 World Junior Championships, he led the entire tournament in scoring with 5 goals and 14 assists in 7 games for Team USA.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Lake Superior State CCHA 46 21 48 69 44
1990–91 Lake Superior State CCHA 42 29 46 75 86
1990–91 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1991–92 Binghamton Rangers AHL 9 3 14 17 2 4 1 4 5 6
1991–92 New York Rangers NHL 53 8 22 30 23 7 2 2 4 0
1992–93 New York Rangers NHL 65 15 25 40 55
1992–93 Edmonton Oilers NHL 13 2 6 8 10
1993–94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 84 24 50 74 47
1994–95 Star Bulls Rosenheim DEL 8 2 3 5 18
1994–95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 48 7 33 40 69
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 25 79 104 95
1996–97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 21 61 82 80 12 3 8 11 8
1997–98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 26 44 70 69 12 2 7 9 14
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 43 6 31 37 12 4 1 1 2 15
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 77 21 51 72 54 5 3 2 5 4
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 25 65 90 91 6 1 5 6 17
2001–02 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 15 34 49 40 10 1 1 2 4
2002–03 St. Louis Blues NHL 70 15 52 67 52 7 5 8 13 2
2003–04 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 14 51 65 37 5 2 1 3 6
2004–05 Frankfurt Lions DEL 7 6 9 15 26 11 2 10 12 8
2005–06 St. Louis Blues NHL 47 11 33 44 50
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 23 4 9 13 25 23 3 13 16 20
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 16 43 59 56
2007–08 St. Louis Blues NHL 29 4 7 11 12
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 38 6 8 14 20 5 0 1 1 4
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 53 10 28 38 55
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 36 1 16 17 8
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 18 2 7 9 10
NHL totals 1238 278 755 1033 970 97 23 49 72 94

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1991 United States WJC 7 5 14 19 4
1993 United States WC 6 0 6 6 12
1994 United States WC 8 0 4 4 16
1996 United States WCH 7 3 4 7 12
1998 United States OG 4 0 2 2 2
2002 United States OG 6 0 3 3 4
2004 United States WCH 5 1 0 1 4
2005 United States WC 7 1 5 6 0
2006 United States OG 6 0 3 3 4
Junior int'l totals 7 5 14 19 4
Senior int'l totals 49 5 27 32 54

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
College
All-CCHA Rookie Team 1989-90
All-CCHA First Team 1990-91[8]
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 1990–91
CCHA All-Tournament Team 1991[9]
NHL
All-Star Game 1996, 1998,
2001, 2003
Stanley Cup 2006
King Clancy Memorial Trophy 2011
United States Hockey Hall of Fame 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oilers feel at home with win over Blues". CBS Sports. 2006-11-17. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Weight gets 1,000th point". New York Islanders. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  3. ^ "Weight named captain". New York Islanders. 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  4. ^ "The Captain returns". New York Islanders. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  5. ^ "Islanders captain Doug Weight done for season". New York Islanders. 2011-03-29. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  6. ^ "Islanders captain Weight retires after 19 NHL seasons". The Sports Network. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  7. ^ "Weight was front and center in great USA Hockey generation". Tucson Citizen. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  8. ^ "All-CCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  9. ^ "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kelly Buchberger
Edmonton Oilers captain
19992001
Succeeded by
Jason Smith
Preceded by
Bill Guerin
New York Islanders captain
200911
Succeeded by
Mark Streit
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Shane Doan
King Clancy Memorial Trophy
2011
Succeeded by
Daniel Alfredsson