27 May 2011
(Photo Credit: Chris Hessel of NYIFYI.)
Doug Weight officially ended his 19 year NHL playing career yesterday morning at a press conference in Uniondale.
The Islander captain gave a 15 minute long address to the media, family and friends who made their way to the long Island Marriot. “I feel so grateful and fulfilled for what the sport [of hockey] has given me,” Weight said in the early portion of his speech. He had to stop several times throughout the address as he tried to regain composer as he said goodbye to the game he loves.
Prior to Doug Weight reading his retirement address to the media a tribute video was played for him honoring his 19 year run in the NHL.
Weight read through a statement full of highlights and memories through his NHL Career. Reminiscing back to his first game with New York Rangers, how he tripped and fell into the Washington Capitals bench during game six of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He talked about what was deemed the “shopping cart trade.”When both teams were set to play each other Weight was traded from NY to Edmonton. His stuffed was placed into a shopping cart and pushed down the hall to the Oilers dressing room. That story received a nice laugh.
Weight continued to discuss his career and his fond memories of the time he spent in St. Louis with the Blues. Weight chocked up again when he began discussing his time with the Carolina Hurricanes, whom he won a Stanley Cup with.
“I want to thank the owner of Carolina, Peter Karmanos, and especially thank general manager Jim Rutherford for the opportunity he gave to me,” Weight said.
Again Weight choked up as he began to discuss his time with Islanders organization. “I immediately recognized the dedication of Charles [Wang] and Garth [Snow] towards this team and their mission to win was something I was honored to be a part of,” said Weight. “I’m so fortunate to have this experience at the end of my career and to be the captain of the four time Stanley Cup Champion Islanders team.”
Weight continued, “I was especially fortunate to be around this group of young, talented players. Watching them mature as NHL players and people is something I wouldn’t trade for anything.
Weight concluded his speech by Thanking his family and friends for their support through his career.
Here is the full audio of Doug Weights address.
Here is part 2 of his address.
Charles Wang and Garth Snow both made statements as well, here is the audio from their statements.
From Captain to Coach
To no one’s surprise Doug Weight was named an assistant coach and special assistant for the New York Islanders.
During the 10-11 season Weight spent five games behind the Islanders bench coaching the power play, which it seems will be one of his main priorities as an assistant coach. Weight would be and is a natural fit for the position due to his leadership skills and how he has helped the young players over his tenure with Islanders.
Weight will also be a huge help on the management side. He will be helping Islanders GM Garth Snow with making management decisions over the course of the offseason and one could assume he will be helping attract free agents. Weight is a huge believer in what Snow and Charles Wang are building on Long Island. He and his family have also fell in love with Long Island itself, making it their permanent residents, and could show prospective draft picks or free agents the area and what it has to offer.
Here is all the audio from the media scrums and Q & A session.
Here is the Q & A session.
Doug Weight Media Scrum, they're in two parts.
Garth Snow Media Scrum
Billy Guerin Media Scrum
John Tavares Media Scrum
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