A Special Moment for Doug Weight
On Monday, Islanders Assistant Coach and Special Assistant to the General Manager Doug Weight was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Weight was one of five new members placed in this great honor for United States hockey. Another member of this year’s class is another former Islanders player Bill Guerin who I will profile next week for Where Are They Now.
Weight had a long and successful career in the NHL over 19 seasons for six different teams in 1,238 career games. He had the best years of his career as a member of the Edmonton Oilers during the 1995-1996 season. He posted a career-high 104 points during that year. In total he finished with 1,033 points throughout his career with 278 goals and 755 assists. He finished his career with the Islanders, wearing the captain's C on his chest. Weight won a Stanley Cup in his career in 2005-06 with the Carolina Hurricanes and represented the USA numerous times, including three times in the Olympics.
Doug Weight has made a great impact on the Islanders organization since his arrival as a player in 2009 when he was named team captain. Weight played 3 seasons as an Islander before retiring in 2011 and maintaining his current position on the coaching staff and in the front office. He has also become a fan favorite on Long Island and at the game this past Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum the crowd gave him a standing ovation when his induction was announced. The Blue and Orange Army section 329 led “Doug Weight” chants as well.
Congratulations to Doug Weight on a well-deserved honor and a call to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto could be in the near future.