Doug Weight was named interim head coach of the New York Islanders on January 17, 2017, and became the 19th Head Coach in Islanders history. He also continues to serve the team as Assistant GM.
Prior to assuming the role, the Detroit, Mich. native served as Assistant Coach and Assistant GM.
Weight, a four-time NHL All-Star, was named the 12th captain in Islanders history on October 2, 2009. Originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the second round (34th overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, Weight's career included stints with the Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks and Islanders. He totaled 1,033 points (278 goals, 755 assists) in 1,238 career games. Weight was inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.
Upon retiring as a player on May 26, 2011, Weight was named Islanders Assistant Coach and Senior Advisor to the General Manager.
On the international stage, Weight won a silver medal with the United States at the 2002 Winter Olympics and also skated with the 1998 and 2006 United States Olympic Teams. He represented the U.S. in the World Cup of Hockey in 2004 and in 1996, helping Team USA win the championship in '96. Weight appeared in one World Junior Championship in 1991, leading the entire tournament in scoring with 14 points. He also played in the 1993, 1994 and 2005 World Championships for the United States.