Doug Weight Announces Retirement, Senior Advisor & Assistant Coach?

New York Islander Fan Central | 5/26/2011 11:51:00 AM | | | | | |

The Islanders website live streamed the press conference, it will be made available later in full with Doug Weight, Garth Snow, and Charles Wang's comments.

Former Captain Bill Guerin was in attendance with many of the current players.

Islanders website: Report Islanders Captain Doug Weight has announced his retirement as a player and will remain in the organization as an Assistant Coach and Senior Advisor to the General Manager.

“It was an honor to be a member of the NHL for the 19 years I laced up my skates,” Weight said. “I have a lifetime of memories from playing this game and cherish them all. I am excited to begin this next phase of my professional career and help the Islanders continue to climb the ladder to winning the Stanley Cup.”

“Doug is the ultimate leader,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He has taken our young core of players, over the past three years, and helped elevate their game to a point where we now see our franchise competing with the top teams in the league. On behalf of the organization, I’d like to thank Doug for his commitment to the New York Islanders and we are excited to have him join our Hockey Operations Department in seeing through with our goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”

Islanders website: Released an article with comments from John Tavares, Travis Hamonic, Josh Bailey and separate features where former Islander Bill Guerin, and several past teammates over his playing career along with honoring families efforts in community.

Per Brian Compton's twitter: Weight will be behind the bench for every game next season. Snow clarified he is not replacing Scott Allen or Dean Chynoweth.

NYIFC Comments:
Today is the time to praise Doug Weight for an outstanding career. Obviously the future leaders of this team by their own words/actions have nothing but respect for Weight, his continued role will be an asset to the players and staff.

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