Where Are They Now? Bill Guerin

Today we profile an individual who had a very successful career in the NHL and could very well become a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. This is a two time Stanley Cup champion and former Islanders captain Bill Guerin.

Bill Guerin played 18 seasons in the NHL and was drafted 5th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. He was the first player of Hispanic descent to play in the league at the time when he was drafted. Guerin spent his career playing for 8 teams which were the Islanders, Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Stanley Cup championships Guerin was part of were in 1995 as a member of the Devils and in 2009 as a member of the Penguins. For his NHL career, Guerin played in 1,263 games scoring 429 goals and 427 assists for a total of 856 points. He also played in 133 playoff games scoring 39 goals and 34 assists. In addition to his success in the NHL, Bill Guerin was also a member of 3 United States Olympic teams in 1998, 2002, and 2006.

The time on Long Island for Bill Guerin wasn’t very long but when GM Garth Snow signed him in 2007 as a free agent, he was looking for veteran leadership and he got that in one of the leagues well respected players from the past decade. Guerin at 37 years old in his first year as an Islander played in 81 games scoring 23 goals and 21 assists during the 2007-2008 season. This was the final year of Ted Nolan behind the bench as the following year was when General Manager Garth Snow begun the rebuilding process of the team currently seen today.

Guerin’s second season the 2008-2009 year was Scott Gordon’s first year as head coach and was joined on the ice by longtime friend Doug Weight who signed as a free agent that year.  Despite the struggles for the team, Guerin was in the lineup every night and played hard with hopes of continuing his career possibly elsewhere. That occurred midway through the season when Guerin was traded to the Penguins for a draft pick and he finished the season winning his second Stanley Cup championship. Guerin would spend the next year and a half after his trade from the Islanders as a member of the Penguins till he retired from the NHL in 2010. At the time of his retirement, Guerin ranked seventh all-time among Americans in the NHL with 429 goals. (Photo Credit: Islanders/Flickr).

His post NHL career still is with the Pittsburgh Penguins as Bill Guerin is currently their player development coach, a position he has held since June 2011. Guerin along with Doug Weight were also recently inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and you can read about that honoring here. Bill Guerin was well respected across the NHL and hopefully soon his next big honoring will be in Toronto at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

-John Santamaria

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