Friends, this is a sad day, for we’ve witnessed the retirement of the best player in NHL 95.
Alright, that’s not an indisputable fact, but I just remember streaking down centre ice with Doug Weight, and deftly splitting the defence with that patented Gordon Bombay triple deke. In the rare times that Weight failed, Zdeno Cigar was there to pick up the scraps, and Curtis Joseph was sealing the crease shut back in the other end. Glory days indeed.
After 19 NHL seasons the always scrappy Weight officially announced his retirement earlier today. On the wrong end of the hockey hill at the age of 40 and plagued by a bad back (the last time he appeared in at least 55 games was 2006-07), Weight will immediately go from sitting on the bench to standing behind it, as he’s been given the title of assistant coach and senior adviser to New York Islanders general manger Garth Snow.
We could write poetically about Weight’s nine years in Edmonton when he served as the team’s captain, years that were the prime of his career in which he scored 577 of his 1,033 points. And we could reflect back on his Stanley cup win with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, or his Olympic silver medal in 2002.
But it’s much more fun to look back on a few memories of Weight being Weight with some visual stimulation.
Bryan Marchment probably deserved this
When Bryan Marchment was on the ice, players were always angry. That may have had something to do with the fact that he was a dirtbag who would run your mother into the boards if he was given the chance. He was the original Matt Cooke during a time when the Wheel of Justice was just in its development phase.
Weight had been a victim of Marchment’s usual cheap shot douchebagery prior to the hit shown above, so he took the law into his own hands, and the law won.
The Wheel of Justice would not be pleased
I think we can agree that we can’t agree on anything regarding head shots in today’s NHL, so if you’d like to re-open the debate on this hit from three years ago, you’re welcome to unleash angry rants in the space below. You’re probably better off just waiting for tomorrow night’s head shot though.
Weight wasn’t punished, and the devastation he was able to cause here best demonstrates his ability throw an effective open-ice hit, a skill he maintained throughout his career.
Bad early 90′s TV graphics, epic Devils jerseys, and a scrappy young Weight
Weight didn’t drop the mitts often, and only had 11 career regular season fights. But when he did, it was usually a pretty spirited bout. Here in sparkling early 90′s standard definition we see Weight trading fists with Devils forward Laurie Boschman way back in 1991 during his first NHL season.