Weight Gets 1,000th Point!
Veteran is just eighth American-born player to reach milestone
Weight becomes the 73rd player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point mark, and the eighth American-born player to do so.
Weight earned the milestone point when he assisted on Richard Park’s third-period goal against the Coyotes at Jobing.Com Arena.
"It was unbelievable for the team to stand up and give me a hand and the crowd, too," Weight said.
The veteran reached the mark in front of about 30 friends and family members.
"I couldn't really move all game today," Weight said. "I felt a little nervous. It worked out, having my family here. It's something I'll be proud of and remember the rest of my life."It is an individual pinnacle for Weight, who won a Stanley Cup championship with the Carolina Hurricanes, has competed in the Olympics and World Cup for Team USA, and has played in more than 1,000 NHL games.
It has been a long, eventful road for the 17-year veteran.
Weight was drafted by the Rangers with the 34th overall pick in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft and played his first NHL game during the 1991 playoffs.
|Doug Weight shows off his 1,000-point puck with teammates Bill Guerin and Richard Park.|
Following the 2000-01 campaign, Weight was traded by Edmonton to the St. Louis Blues, where he continued to be productive, scoring 225 points in less than four seasons.
Just before the trade deadline in 2006, Weight was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes and helped the team win its first-ever Stanley Cup against his former club—the Oilers. It was also the first Stanley Cup for Weight, who was forced to miss Game 7 of the Finals with a badly separated shoulder. He was so nervous, that he did not watch any of the game, choosing instead to remain in the locker room.
However, throughout the course of the game, Weight slowly dressed himself in his full equipment. He then joined his team on the bench for the final seconds.
“By the end of the game, I was fully dressed and after we scored the empty netter, the NHL security guy grabbed me and said ‘Dougie get on the bench’ and I went out there on the bench and for the last 40 seconds. I was out on the bench with the players,” said Weight. “I went out on the ice and celebrated, and I felt like I had played. I did the handshake and held the Cup on my own.”
Weight re-signed with St. Louis in the off-season and played in all 82 games during the 2006-07 season. However, Weight split the 2007-08 season with the Blues and the Anaheim Ducks—and struggled for both clubs, compiling a total of 25 points.
Despite his lack of productivity last season, the Islanders took a chance that the numbers were an aberration, and signed the free agent before the 2008-09 season. The move has paid big dividends.
Weight has been reborn with the Islanders. Reunited with his good friend—Islanders Captain Bill Guerin—Weight has averaged nearly a point per game this season. His 32 points in 36 games is his highest points-per-game ratio since he recorded 67 points in 70 games in 2002-03.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Click here to read more about Doug Weight, by NHL.com's Dan Rosen.
Weight by the pound
1st career goal—Scored in his first regular season NHL game on October 3, 1991, as a member of the Rangers at Boston against Boston Bruins goaltender Andy Moog.
900th career point—December 1, 2006, vs. Chicago Blackhawks
700thcareer assist—January 9th, 2008 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
1,000th career point—January 2nd, 2009 vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Most Points against any one team—72 against Los Angeles (18g-54a in 62 games)
Most Goals against any one team—23 against Vancouver
Most Assists against any one team—54 against Los Angeles
Carrying His Weight—A Team-by-Team Breakdown
Worth the Weight: Every stat you ever wanted to know about Weight!