Bill Guerin Retires

Published by Mark on Monday, December 6, 2010 — View Comments

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Announced on the Pittsburgh Penguins website, Bill Guerin has retired from the NHL.

Guerin had been said to be seeking a contract for the 2010-11 season. There was speculation that the Montreal Canadiens had interest, to add some size and experience to their forward lines after reaching the Conference Finals last season. However, no contract was forthcoming, and Guerin announced that he felt the time was right to retire as a Pittsburgh Penguin.

Drafted 5th overall in the 1989 draft by New Jersey, Guerin would play parts of 7 seasons with the Devils, winning a Stanley Cup in 1995. The gritty winger would be traded to Edmonton with Valeri Zelepukin for Jason Arnott and Bryan Muir, and Guerin would team with Doug Weight to form the Oilers top line.

Guerin would be on the move to Boston in November 2000, where he’d hit a career high 41 goals. He’d leave via free agency to join another American star Mike Modano with the Dallas Stars, before rejoining Weight with the St. Louis Blues. A trade early in 2007 sent him to the Sharks. Guerin again joined friend and linemate Doug Weight with the New York Islanders, then was traded to the Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup for a second time in 2009.

A classy, tough, hard-working winger with an ability to score, Guerin played for the United States in 2 World Cups and 3 Olympics.

He finishes his NHL career having played on 8 teams, with 1263 GP, 429 goals, 427 assists for 856 points, and 1660 penalty minutes. He won 2 Stanley Cups, was selected to the 2001-02 NHL 2nd All Star team, won the 1996 World Cup, and has an Olympic Silver medal.