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Weight, Guerin Honored For Milestones

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Doug Weight and Bill Guerin were officially recognized by the NHL and the Islanders organization prior to Saturday night's game at the Nassau Coliseum, for reaching career milestones. On December 26th, Guerin became the eighth American to reach 400 goals, while Weight tallied his 1,000th point on January 2.


Guerin was joined by wife Kara, and four children, Kayla, Grace, Lexi and Liam on the Coliseum ice, as NHL Senior Vice-President Jim Gregory, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow and Team President Chris Dey presented Guerin with a personalized jersey with the number "400" on the back. In addition, the Islanders captain was given his 400th goal puck, framed with the game's scoresheets.

Gregory, Snow and Dey then honored Weight, who was joined by wife Allison and their children Ryan, Danny and Addison. Weight received a personalized jersey with number "1,000" on the back, his 1,000th-point puck and a silver stick.

"I'm obviously thrilled for them," said Islanders Head Coach Scott Gordon. "It's quite an accomplishment to score that many goals and get that many points. They're both good people and we're all happy for them."

During the game, the video board displayed congratulations messages to both players from a number of their former and current teammates. Weight’s tribute included Kelly Buchberger, Ethan Moreau, Mike Grier, Jason Smith, Keith Tkachuk and Guerin. Guerin’s video tribute included Richard Park, Blake Comeau, Brendan Witt, Andy Hilbert, Brian Rolston, Jason Arnott, Mike Modano, P.J. Axelsson and Weight.





LIGHTHOUSE TOURNAMENT UNDERWAY

The Lighthouse Tournament––Long Island's largest youth hockey tournament has begun. This week-long tournament, presented by Modell’s, began last weekend and consists of teams from nine rinks throughout Long Island.

Click here for the official Lighthouse Tournament Blog.

Dozens of teams at the squirt, pee wee, bantam and midget levels have been competing amongst teams in their own level for a chance to reach tomorrow’s "Championship Sunday," where a champion will be crowned for each age group.

"Last weekend we had a series of round robin tournaments in each age level at a variety of facilities," said Director of Amateur Hockey Development Dan Bedard. "We had the Squirt games at the Rinx, the Pee Wee games at Cantiague and Bantam and Midget games were at Iceland. We had some really competitive games and winners that had to be decided through tiebreakers. It's been very exciting so far. We had some threats of postponing the games because of snow, but everyone has showed up. The games were really well attended, with more than 150 people cheering on the squirts. The kids really enjoyed having the big crowds watching them."

The Mites/Mini-Mites jamboree will take place at the Nassau Coliseum tomorrow, starting at 6:30 am. Nine different rinks will be represented at the jamboree.

The Lighthouse Tournament is also complemented by the Lighthouse Cup, which pits the best high school kids from Nassau County against their counterparts from Suffolk County. The Lighthouse Cup game is scheduled for 8:45 am on Monday at the Nassau Coliseum.

For the first time, as a lead-up to the Lighthouse Cup, freshman and Junior Varsity All-Star Games were played between the Nassau and Suffolk County All-Star teams prior to Saturday night's game.

In the first contest, the Nassau County freshmen All-Stars, consisting of players ages 11-13, defeated the Suffolk County All-Stars by the score of 12-5. Tyler Steimel of Oceanside led the way with three goals and one assist. Dylan Holze of Lynbrook also chipped in with two goals for Nassau, while Dominic Lammano from Oceanside and Dana Demartino from Massapequa each allowed only one goal in their period of action.

"It's great playing on the Coliseum ice," said Nassau County skater Colin Kennedy, who plays in East Williston. "It's a perfect sheet of ice. It's a whole different perspective playing with players you usually play against. I'll know which guys to key in on next time I play them."

In the second game, the Suffolk County JV All-Stars defeated the Nassau County JV All-Stars 8-1. James Hall from Sachem, scored three goals to help earn a split on the day.

"We just wanted to make sure the kids enjoyed themselves," said Suffolk County JV All-Stars Coach Rod Parisi. "Playing on the Coliseum ice was a big thrill for the kids. You want to win, but the main thing is that they have fun. All of the kids were enjoying themselves. Obviously it helped that they were winning. They were all looking up at the Jumbotron to see if they could seem themselves on it."

"It's tremendous that the Islanders have organized these All-Star Games," said Suffolk County Ice Hockey President Charlie Venticinque, "Some of these kids have only ever been to the Coliseum when they bought a ticket. So for them to be able to skate on the ice the professionals skate on, they'll probably remember this for the rest of their lives."
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