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Doug Weight
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Born January 21, 1971 (1971-01-21) (age 46)
Warren, Michigan
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
Played for New York Rangers
Edmonton Oilers
St. Louis Blues
Carolina Hurricanes
Anaheim Ducks
New York Islanders
National team Flag of the United States.svg 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 of the National Hockey League (NHL).

During his 19-year career in NHL, he played for the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks, St. Louis Blues and the New York Islanders.

Playing CareerEdit

Early Playing CareerEdit

Doug 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 (now known as the NAHL). During that time, high school hockey was not considered to be competitive enough in the Detroit, Michigan area.

Therefore, Doug followed in the footsteps of several other Detroit-area players by playing in the NAJHL, including Pat Lafontaine and Mike Modano.

Doug led the NAJHL in scoring, and was recruited by Lake Superior State University. He played two years in the NCAA with LSSU from 1989–91.

NHL Playing CareerEdit

Doug 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, Doug 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.

He 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 Doug 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.

On July 1, 2001, due to Edmonton's precarious financial situation, Doug was traded to the St. Louis Blues (along with Michel Riesen) for forwards Marty Reasoner and Jochen Hecht & defenseman Jan Horacek. He spent the next three seasons with the Blues before returning to the DEL due to the 2004-05 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, Doug 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, Doug 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.

He missed the remainder of the Finals with a shoulder injury & his place in roster went to Erik Cole. However, Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 7 games.

On July 2, 2008, Doug was given a one-year contract by the rebuilding New York Islanders. On January 2, 2009, he registered his 1000th point while playing for the Islanders with an assist on a goal scored by Richard Park.

Doug re-signed with the Islanders for the 2009–10 season. He succeeded former longtime Oiler teammate, Bill Guerin as the captain of the Islanders on October 2, 2009. Despite missing a large portion of the season to various injures and scoring 1 goal in 36 games, he was signed to a one-year extension with the Islanders on August 31, 2010.

After enduring a second consecutive year decimated by a lingering back injury, Doug announced his retirement following the 2010–11 season on May 26, 2011.

Post-Playing CareerEdit

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 Doug would continue on with the organization as an assistant coach and Special Assistant to the GM.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    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

InternationalEdit

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

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States.svg United States
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City
World Cup
Gold 1996 United States

Doug 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.

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

AccoladesEdit

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

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