Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Guerin
Since turning pro in 1991-92, right-winger Bill Guerin has utilized his speed and size to become of the NHL's best two-way forwards.

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Guerin was taken fifth overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1989 after four stellar years with Springfield of the NEJHL. He then spent two years at Boston College and toiled briefly for the US National team. Guerin spent most of the 1991-92 season working on his game with the AHL's Utica Devils but was summoned late in the year by New Jersey. He impressed with three goals in the first round playoff loss to the New York Rangers and never looked back.

The talented winger scored 14 goals for the Devils in 1992-93 then took his game up a notch with 25 goals and stellar defensive work the next year. His robust play also helped the club come within a game of reaching the Stanley Cup finals. The next year Guerin was a key factor when New Jersey swept the Detroit Red Wings to win their first Stanley Cup.

After topping the 20-goal mark two straight years, Guerin was sent to the Edmonton Oilers in January 1998 as part of the deal that brought Jason Arnott to the Meadowlands. He scored 29 points in 40 games for his new club, represented the US at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano and scored seven times while helping the Oilers reach the second round of the playoffs. Guerin notched his first 30-goal season in 1998-99 but the club disappointed in the post-season. He continued to be one of the team's top gunners until he was traded to the Boston Bruins early in the 2000-01 season for holdout forward Anson Carter and draft picks. Guerin fit in well with his new club which played inspired hockey down the stretch under Mike Keenan and nearly made the playoffs.

Guerin returned to Boston in 2001-02 and scored a career high 41 goals and 66 points, while earning a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City before becoming an unrestricted free agent during the off season and signing with the Dallas Stars.

Upon his arrival with Stars, Guerin has continued his hard-nose ways and following the 2003-04 season had surpassed the 300 goals and 1,200 penalty minutes. After his offensive totals dropped in the NHL 2005-06 regular season, the Dallas Stars decided not to re-sign the right winger. That same season, Guerin represented Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

In the summer of 2006, the 36-year-old Guerin signed with the St. Louis Blues. Guerin would rebound from his pervious season's descent by scoring a team-high 28 goals in 61 games. However the St. Louis Blues, unable to sign Guerin long-term, opted to trade the veteran to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Ville Nieminen, prospect Jay Barriball and a 2007 1st and 2nd round draft pick.

As a San Jose Shark Guerin would struggle offensively recording only 9 points in 16 games played. In the playoffs that year, the Sharks were eliminated in only the second round by the Detroit Red Wings.

In the off-season, Guerin signed a two-year contract with the New York Islanders on July 5th, 2007. Only four days after signing with the club, the veteran forward was named captain of the New York Islanders.

On March 4, 2009, the NHL trade deadline, the veteran forward was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional draft pick. This trade would prove successful for both Guerin and the Penguins as the team would go on to win the Stanley Cup that June.

Guerin would play one final season with the Penguins before officially announcing his retirement on December 6, 2010.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Springfield Olympics NEJHL 48 26 19 45 71
1986-87 Springfield Olympics NEJHL 32 34 20 54 40
1987-88 Springfield Olympics NEJHL 38 31 44 75 146
1988-89 Springfield Olympics NEJHL 31 32 35 67 90
1988-89 United States WJC-A 7 0 3 3 16
1989-90 Boston College Eagles H-East 39 14 11 25 54
1989-90 United States WJC-A 7 0 0 0 18
1990-91 Boston College Eagles H-East 38 26 19 45 102
1991-92 United States Nat-Tm 46 12 15 27 67
1991-92 New Jersey Devils NHL 5 0 1 1 9 +1 6 3 0 3 4
1991-92 Utica Devils AHL 22 13 10 23 6 4 1 3 4 14
1992-93 New Jersey Devils NHL 65 14 20 34 63 +14 5 1 1 2 4
1992-93 Utica Devils AHL 18 10 7 17 47
1993-94 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 25 19 44 101 +14 17 2 1 3 35
1994-95 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 12 13 25 72 +6 20 3 8 11 30
1995-96 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 23 30 53 116 +7
1996-97 United States W-Cup 7 0 2 2 17
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 29 18 47 95 -2 8 2 1 3 18
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 19 5 5 10 13 0
1997-98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 40 13 16 29 80 +1 12 7 1 8 17
1997-98 United States Olympics 4 0 3 3 2
1998-99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 30 34 64 133 +7 3 0 2 2 2
1999-00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 70 24 22 46 123 +4 5 3 2 5 9
2000-01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 21 12 10 22 18 +11
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 64 28 35 63 122 -4
2001-02 Boston Bruins NHL 78 41 25 66 91 -1 6 4 2 6 6
2001-02 United States Olympics 6 4 0 4 4 +1
2002-03 Dallas Stars NHL 64 25 25 50 113 +5 4 0 0 0 4
2003-04 Dallas Stars NHL 82 34 35 69 109 +14 5 0 1 1 4
2004-05 United States W-Cup 5 2 2 4 8 +6
2004-05
2005-06 Dallas Stars NHL 70 13 27 40 115 0 5 3 1 4 0
2005-06 United States Olympics 6 1 0 1 0 0
2006-07 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 28 19 47 52 +8
2006-07 San Jose Sharks NHL 16 8 1 9 14 +2 9 0 2 2 12
2007-08 New York Islanders NHL 81 23 21 44 65 -15
2008-09 New York Islanders NHL 61 16 20 36 63 -15
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 5 7 12 18 +3 24 7 8 15 15
2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 21 24 45 75 -9 11 4 5 9 2
NHL Totals 1263 429 427 856 1660 140 39 35 74 162


NHL Second All-Star Team (2002) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007) Traded to Edmonton by New Jersey with Valeri Zelepukin for Jason Arnott and Bryan Muir, January 4, 1998. Traded to Boston by Edmonton for Anson Carter, Boston's 1st (Ales Hemsky) and 2nd (Doug Lynch) round choices in 2001 Entry Draft and future considerations, November 15, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 3, 2002. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 3, 2006. Traded to San Jose by St. Louis for Ville Nieminen, Jay Barriball and New Jersey's 1st round choice (previously acquired, St. Louis selected David Perron) in 2007 Entry Draft, February 27, 2007. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 5, 2007. Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Islanders for Pittsburgh's 3rd round choice (later traded to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Michael Lee) in 2009 Entry Draft, March 4, 2009. Officially announced his retirement, December 6, 2010.