Bill Guerin with the Penguins in 2010.
November 9, 1970 |
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|Played for||New Jersey Devils
St. Louis Blues
San Jose Sharks
New York Islanders
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||5th overall, 1989
New Jersey Devils
William Robert "Bill" Guerin (born November 9, 1970) is an American retired professional ice hockey player and current player development coach for 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.
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. 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. 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. Later that month, Guerin was traded to the San Jose Sharks 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. On July 9, 2007, Guerin was named captain of the Islanders, making him the eleventh captain in team history.
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. 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. 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. At the time of his retirement, Guerin ranked seventh all-time among Americans in the NHL with 429 goals. On June 6, 2011, The Pittsburgh Penguins hired Guerin as their player development coach.
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, and Lexi Rose, born on December 2, 2002.
- Member of two Stanley Cup winning teams: 1995 with the New Jersey Devils and 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins
- Selected to four NHL All-Star Games: 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007
- Named the MVP of the 2001 NHL All-Star Game
- NHL Second Team All-Star: 2002
- United States Hockey Hall of Fame 2013
|1991–92||New Jersey Devils||NHL||5||0||1||1||9||6||3||0||3||4|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
- 1996 - Won with the United States in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
- 1998 - Played for the United States in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games.
- 2002 - Played for the United States in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
- 2004 - Played for the United States in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
- 2006 - Played for the United States in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
- June, 1989 - New Jersey Devils' 1st round draft choice, 5th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft
- January 4, 1998 - Traded by the New Jersey Devils, along with Valeri Zelepukin, to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Jason Arnott and Bryan Muir
- November 15, 2000 - Traded by the Edmonton Oilers to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Anson Carter, Boston's 2001 1st round draft choice (Aleš Hemský) and Boston's 2001 2nd round draft choice (Doug Lynch)
- July 3, 2002 - Signed as a free agent by the Dallas Stars
- July 3, 2006 - Signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues
- February 27, 2007 - Traded by the St. Louis Blues to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Ville Nieminen, Jay Barriball and New Jersey's 2007 1st round draft choice (David Perron)
- July 5, 2007 - Signed as a free agent by the New York Islanders
- March 4, 2009 - Traded by the New York Islanders to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Pittsburgh's 2009 3rd round draft choice (pick traded to Phoenix)
- "Bill Guerin bolts Bruins for Stars". CBC.ca. September 18, 2002. Retrieved 2007-02-28.
- "Blues sign veteran forward Guerin to one-year deal". ESPN.com. 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-28.
- Rutherford, Jeremy (2007). "Blue Notes: Guerin hits 1,000 games tonight". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2007-02-28.
- "Guerin switches to San Jose Sharks". CNN.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-28.
- Coffey, Phil (2007). "Islanders bolster offense with Guerin". NHL.com. Retrieved 2007-07-05.[dead link]
- "Islanders name Guerin new captain". Archived from the original on 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2007-07-05.
- "Penguins acquire C Guerin". March 4, 2009.
- "Billy Guerin to Retire "As a Pittsburgh Penguin"". PittsburghPenguins.com. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
- Brehm, Mike (December 6, 2010). "Bill Guerin announces retirement after 18 NHL seasons". USA Today.
- "Penguins Name Bill Guerin Player Development Coach".
- 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."
|New Jersey Devils first round draft pick
|New York Islanders captain