It was announced yesterday by the New York Islanders that Doug Weight is officially out for the remainder of the 2010-11 NHL season, leading to speculation that the American born professional hockey player will be retiring at the season’s end.
The 40 year old Warren, Michigan native has had a very successful career that began while playing college hockey in the CCHA for Lake Superior State University. In his two seasons (1989-91) with the Lakers, Weight scored 50 goals, 94 assists, for 144 points in only 88 games. His playmaking ability garnered him some well deserved attention and in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft he was selected by the New York Rangers, 34th overall. After a brief two year stint with the NY Rangers, Weight headed west to the Edmonton Oilers. Over his 8+ seasons in Edmonton, he accumulated 577 points and became well known as a playmaking center. Weight is the last American born player to record a 100 point season, when he racked up 104 points in 1995-96 with the Oilers. As captain of the Edmonton team (1999-2001), he was traded to the St. Louis Blues. As a Blue, he spent parts of 6 seasons contributing his offensive talents, but not at as high of a clip as his Oilers days. He was only able to manage two 60+ point seasons out of those six. However, late in the 2005-06 season Weight was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes to add some offensive depth to the potential upcoming playoff run. The deal paid off for the Canes and Weight as they defeated Weight’s ex Oilers team in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Weight returned back to the Blues in the off-season as a Stanley Cup champion. Weight bounced around after the 2005-06 season spending time with the Blues, Anaheim Ducks and NY Islanders. As a member of the Islanders, he collected his 1,000th point on January, 2 2009, on an assist of a Richard Park goal. Later on in that 2009 season, Weight was named captain of that Islanders team. Over his 18 year NHL career, Weight was a 4 time NHL All-Star and Stanley Cup Champion. His NHL stats, as of 3/30/11, are as follows: 1238 games played, 278 goals, 755 assists, 1033 points, a minus-58, with 34 game winning goals.
Weight also represented USA at the International level on numerous occasions, including the 1998, 2002, and 2006 Winter Olympics. As a member of Team USA, he helped capture a Silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics under a Herb Brooks coached squad. He also participated in the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey, which Team USA happened to win in 1996, the inaugural year of the tournament.
Once his retirement is official, Weight will definitely make his way toward the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, I don’t believe his stats/accomplishments will be enough to get him in to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Nonetheless, Doug has had a long and terrific career in hockey at the highest levels and he was idolized by many kids along the way.
If this is it, thank you for the memories!