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.