Bill Guerin

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Bill Guerin
Guerin at the American Hockey League Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2015
Born (1970-11-09) November 9, 1970 (age 53)
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 right winger. He works as the assistant general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Guerin played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played with the New Jersey Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders, and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Guerin played for Team USA during the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, 1998 Winter Olympics, 2002 Winter Olympics, 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and 2006 Winter Olympics. He won a gold medal in 1996 and a silver medal in 2002.[1]

Career[change | change source]

Before playing in the NHL, Guerin played 2 seasons of college hockey with the Boston College Eagles. He was drafted with the 5th overall pick by the New Jersey Devils in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He played parts of 7 seasons with the Devils and won the Stanley Cup with them in 1995.

On January 4, 1998, the Devils traded Guerin along with Valeri Zelepukin to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Jason Arnott and Bryan Muir.[2] Guerin played 4 seasons with the Oilers.

On November 15, 2000, the Oilers traded him to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Anson Carter, Boston's 1st (Aleš Hemský) and 2nd (Doug Lynch) round choices in 2001 NHL Entry Draft.[3] Guerin played 2 seasons with the Bruins and recorded 41 goals in his final season with them.

On July 3, 2002, Guerin signed a five-year; $45 million contract with the Dallas Stars when he became a free agent.[4]

He did not play as well as expected during his time with the Stars. He only recorded 40 points during the 2005–06 NHL season and the Stars decided to buy-out his contract. Dallas had to pay Guerin two-thirds of the remaining salary from his contract which was spread out over twice as many years.[5]

On July 3, 2006, he signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the St. Louis Blues.[6] During his time with the Blues, Guerin played on a line with his former Oiler teammate Doug Weight. Guerin played 1 season with the Blues. He scored 61 goals and recorded 47 points. Guerin was chosen to play in the 2007 All-Star Game, which was hosted by the Dallas Stars. Even though he was criticized for his play in Dallas, Guerin was still given a standing ovation from the fans. He became the 214th NHL player to play in 1,000 games on February 2, 2007.[7]

On February 27, 2007, the Blues traded Guerin to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Ville Nieminen, Jay Barriball and a conditional first-round pick.[8] He played 16 regular season games with them.

On July 5, 2007, Guerin signed a two-year contract with the New York Islanders.[9][10] On July 9, 2007, the Islanders named Guerin the captain of the team. This made Guerin the 11th captain in Islanders history.[11] He played 2 seasons with the Islanders.

On March 4, 2009, the Islanders traded Guerin to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.[12] On June 12, 2009, Guerin won the Stanley Cup after the Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2–1 in Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena.[13] On June 29, 2009, Guerin signed a one-year contract extension with the Penguins with a greatly reduced salary to play through the 2009–10 NHL season.[14] He was not offered a contract for the 2010–11 NHL season.

On September 7, 2010, the Philadelphia Flyers invited Guerin to their training camp for a try out. They released him on October 4 before the start of the regular season.

On December 6, 2010, Guerin announced that he was retiring from playing professional ice hockey and that he was retiring as a Pittsburgh Penguin.[15] On June 6, 2011, he was hired as the player development coach for the Penguins.[16] On June 6, 2014, Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford announced that Guerin was being promoted to the assistant general manager of the team.[17]

Guerin was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame along with his former teammate Doug Weight in 2013.[18]

Guerin, represented the US in the Olympics three times as it's player (1998 in Nagano, 2002 in Salt Lake City and 2006 in Torino), and has won a silver medal in 2002.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Sunday Long Read: '96 World Cup an American dream". NHL. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  2. "Devils Send Guerin To Oilers In 4-player Trade". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2015-10-03. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  3. "Bruins Get Guerin For Holdout Carter". CBS News. 15 November 2000. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  4. "Bill Guerin bolts Bruins for Stars". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  5. "Dallas Stars Buy Out Final Year Of Bill Guerin's Contract". Dallas Stars. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  6. "Blues sign veteran forward Guerin to one-year deal". ESPN. 4 July 2006. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  7. "Holmstrom Helps Wings Rally Past Blues". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  8. "Blues Trade Bill Guerin To Sharks". CBS News. 27 February 2007. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  9. "Bill Guerin An Islander". New York Islanders. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  10. "Guerin and Comrie Are Isles' Answer". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  11. "Guerin Given "C" as New Isles Welcomed". New York Islanders. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  12. "Islanders Trade Guerin to Penguins". New York Post. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  13. "Pens' hard road leads to joyous destination". NHL. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  14. "Guerin Back in the 'Burgh Next Season". Pittsburgh Penguins. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  15. "Billy Guerin to Retire "As a Pittsburgh Penguin"". Pittsburgh Penguins. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  16. "Penguins Name Bill Guerin Player Development Coach". Pittsburgh Penguins. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  17. "Botterill Promoted to Associate General Manager; Guerin, Fitzgerald Named Assistant GMs". Pittsburgh Penguins. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  18. "Weight, Guerin lead U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class". NHL. Retrieved 2015-09-15.

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