Penguins player development coach Bill Guerin – one of the heroes of Pittsburgh’s 2009 Stanley Cup championship squad – was elected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in its Class of 2013, it was announced by USA Hockey on Thursday morning.
The Class of 2013 will be formally installed into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this fall with a location and date to be announced in the near future.
|Bill Guerin |
Guerin, 42, is one of the most-accomplished American-born players of all-time following an 18-year NHL career that spanned eight teams and saw him win a pair of Stanley Cup championships with the Penguins and the New Jersey Devils in 1995. Guerin currently places seventh all-time among U.S.-born players in goals (429); eighth in power-play goals (130); fourth in game-winning goals (77); and 13th in points (856).
Guerin, who will be entering his third season in the Penguins hockey operations department, wrapped up his playing career by playing 95 regular-season games for Pittsburgh from 2009-10, totaling 57 points (26G-31A). He added 24 points (11G-13A) in 35 playoff games.
During his stint in Pittsburgh, Guerin scored the overtime, game-winning goal in Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Philadelphia, recorded his 800th career point in his first regular-season game with the team and notched his 13th-career 20-goal campaign during his only full season with the club in 2009-10.
A four-time NHL All-Star – including winning MVP of the 2001 Game – Guerin starred internationally for the United States on several occasions. He helped the U.S. capture a dramatic gold medal at the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and he won a silver medal with the team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games.
In total, Guerin represented the United States in three Olympic Games (1998, 2002, 2006) and twice at the World Cup of Hockey (1996, 2004). He also suited up in back-to-back World Junior Championships in 1989 and ’90.
Prior to joining the New Jersey Devils organization in 1991, Guerin played two seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston College, helping the Eagles win the Hockey East championship in 1989-90.
Guerin becomes the 14th member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame with connections to the Penguins organization, joining a group of previous inductees that include three of the key figures associated in the ‘Miracle on Ice’ in Herb Brooks, Craig Patrick and Mark Johnson, 1991 Stanley Cup champion head coach ‘Badger’ Bob Johnson and Joe Mullen, the first-ever American-born player to reach the 500-goal club.
Guerin’s selection into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame marks the second-straight year that somebody with ties to the Penguins organization has been elected, following former player/coach/broadcaster Eddie Olczyk in 2012.