Goodbye Bill Guerin

Posted by admin at 1 September 2010

Category: Bill Guerin, Stanley Cup

Longtime NHL veteran Bill Guerin will have to find a new home if he hopes to continue his professional hockey career at the highest level of competition, as the Pittsburgh Penguins have opted to go in a different direction. While Guerin provided savvy leadership and timely goal scoring after coming over in a 2009 deadline deal from the New York Islanders, the Penguins brass decided that developing some of the team’s younger assets would serve franchise better in the long term.Guerin was a key contributor to the Stanley Cup Champion squad in his first year with Pittsburgh, and remained a valuable role player throughout the 2009-2010 season, despite his advanced age. In fact, Guerin has been successful at virtually every NHL pit stop over the course of his 17-year career, becoming the first player to score 20 goals in a season for 7 different NHL franchises when he netted 21 goals just a season ago.He made his professional debut with the New Jersey Devils in 1991, only a short year and a half after being selected with the 5th overall pick in the 1989 Draft. In 1995, Guerin would win his first Stanley Cup with the Devils, the only Cup on his resume prior to his arrival in Pittsburgh. Guerin also spent time with the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars and split a season between the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks (8 different teams in total).The two Stanley Cup victories are not the only achievements worthy of Bill Guerin’s personal trophy case. The sturdy right winger is a 4 time All-Star, taking home All-Star Game MVP honors in the 2001 event. One of the most accomplished American born players of his generation, Guerin has also served as a fixture on the USA National Team, winning a World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and a silver medal in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. If this is indeed the last stop in his storied professional hockey career, Pittsburgh fans should look upon Billy Guerin with nothing less than the utmost respect and admiration.

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