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FRIENDS, TEAMMATES REUNITE

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

By Jason Lockhart


Doug Weight and Bill Guerin
Born less than three months apart, one in Massachusetts and the other in Michigan, it was only natural that once Bill Guerin and Doug Weight became teammates in the NHL they would become close friends.

Before the American pair skated in their first NHL games, they took the college route to reach the pro ranks. In the same year, Guerin entered his freshman year at powerhouse Boston College in 1989, while Weight joined Lake Superior, which only two years prior had won the National Championship.

Guerin was drafted by the New Jersey Devils and Weight by the Rangers. For the beginning of their careers they would play rivals until the 1998-99 season when fate brought them together in the West with the Edmonton Oilers.

"We became really close friends in Edmonton and our families are really close," said Guerin, who has four young children to Weight's three. "He's a terrific all-around person, who gets involved. Doug loves being in the locker room and helping everyone out. He has a great sense of humor and likes to take the edge off. He's a good teammate to have."

Playing on the same line while in Edmonton and St. Louis, as well as at three Olympic Games, Weight and Guerin know each other's games well. Weight plays set-up man, while Guerin fills the role of finisher.

Doug Weight and Bill Guerin
"I really like playing with Doug," added Guerin. "Doug is a player who always has the puck and makes things happen. He's someone who makes the players around him better and who plays with an edge. Doug has a great veteran presence and has run the power play for 17 years in the league."

With GM Garth Snow's intention of fielding a young lineup, the addition of Weight adds another leader to the mix, which besides Guerin, also includes alternate captains Brendan Witt and Mike Sillinger. Along with providing veteran leadership for the young players on the team, expect to see Weight's presence out in the Long Island community. Weight has taken part in a number of charities, including those that benefit cancer care and research and spinal cord injury victims.

"The fans of Long Island are going to be really eager to watch Doug on the ice and meet him off it," said Guerin. "I spoke to Doug and he can't wait to start playing for the Islanders. He's thrilled. It's going to be a fun year."
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