Doug "The Disher" Weight
Islanders off-season acquisition known for his unselfish play
Wednesday, 09.24.2008 / 2:29 PM / News
By Jason Lockhart - Website/Publications Coordinator
Photo by Rich Stieglitz
Weight grew up in the American hockey hotbed of Detroit, picking up the sport of hockey at an early age thanks to his father, who coached Doug until he was 16.
"Although over the years I've grown to hate Detroit, because they've been so good recently, I grew up a Red Wings fan," said Weight. "It is a hockey hotbed in US terms. There are a lot of guys who play hockey that come from that area, but I was the only one in my school to play hockey. It's a great hockey town."
A prodigy player at the high school level, Weight was heavily recruited by a number of major hockey universities, but elected to stay in-state and attend Lake Superior State.
"I visited Michigan and a lot of bigger schools, but I was kind of overwhelmed by the 100,000 seat stadiums and huge buildings elsewhere," said Weight. "Lake Superior was small and quaint. Back then it was a hockey hotbed and turning out great results in a great league. It was a great place to be if I wanted to become a pro hockey player. I wouldn't trade my experience there for the world."
Following an impressive freshman year, during which he led all first-year players in the nation with 69 points in 46 games, Weight was drafted in the second round by the New York Rangers. After two years with Lake Superior State, Weight turned pro, suiting up for a playoff game immediately following his second year.
"They had an experienced team at the time, with guys like Messier and Graves," said Weight. "There were a lot of great veterans to teach me. Starting in New York was overwhelming. Guys like Brian Leetch really helped me on and off the ice––as simple as explaining to me what a Caesar salad and filet mignon were. I credit a lot to him."
But Weight spent only two seasons with the Rangers, and was traded mid-year during the 1992-93 season to Edmonton, where he spent nine seasons.
"Being traded to Edmonton was the best thing for my career," said Weight. "It's a wonderful organization and put a lot of responsibility in my lap in a re-building situation and I really thrived on it."
While most players love the thrill of being a goal scorer and playing the final role in a team's celebration, it's not the case for Weight.
"My dad's been telling me to shoot my whole life," said Weight. "It's always been more of a pleasure for me to make a couple of moves, throw it back and see the joy on your buddy's face when he puts it in."
Weight's distinct skating style and selfless play complements his witty personality and humbleness off the ice that teammates and fans on Long Island will appreciate.
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