By Jason Lockhart
Ask a serious question to Islanders captain Bill Guerin and newcomer Doug Weight when separate from one another and you'll get a well thought-out, serious response. Put them together in a room, however, and it's a whole other story.
"How much did we know each other when we were playing in college you ask?" repeats Guerin, who played for Boston College. "Not much. We didn't play Lake Superior State University, wherever that is. I heard he was a great Division II player."
"I'm sure Billy had heard about me; I was tearing it up," replied Weight, who actually played Division I. "But I had never heard about him."
"I first met Dougie at the U.S. development camp in the summer of 1990, but I didn't consider him a friend," said Guerin, who continued with a smile. "He had a big mustache back then, from nose to lip."
It's a losing battle trying to get Weight and Guerin to not poke fun at one another, but it's a battle you would be happy to lose. The two are about as funny a tandem as you can imagine—with each barb coming faster than the next.
"All the time Doug spends talking to the coach, skating around in practice and in his office, it's just weird," said Guerin. "I've never said this publicly, but it's weird."
Weight jumped in to defend himself: "It's a coincidence that the four places I played, I've had a house right next to the coach. It just came out like that ... one time a trailer. It's totally coincidence. I never even went over there, except for breakfast. And we had pizza on Sundays."
Since they bonded at the 1996 United States World Cup Training Camp in Providence, the pair has been best buddies no matter where their travels have taken them. Forget the fact that Guerin was born in Massachusetts and Weight near Detroit, and that they didn't become friendly until they were 25—the two have practically become brothers. Playing together on the Islanders this season will be a professional reunion for the two that have seen their careers intertwined since the 1992 NHL playoffs.
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