Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Doug Weight: 2 Autographed Cards

I'd been hinting at it since 2013, but the New York Islanders have finally fired head coach Jack Capuano and replaced him with former captain Doug Weight.

Weight was a successful player, both in the NHL and internationally as a member of Team USA, the leading scorer of the 1991 World Juniors (ahead of one Eric Lindros), a 1996 World Cup champion and Olympic silver medalist (2002).

In Gary Bettman's league, he surpassed the 100-point mark with the Edmonton Oilers - whom he also captained - in 1995-96, and was a huge part of a contending veteran core with the turn-of-the-millennium St. Louis Blues with fellow American legend Keith Tkachuk.

He's also a four-time All-Star, a Stanley Cup champion (Carolina Hurricanes, 2005-06), and one of only 84 players with 1000 career points.

Will he actually get to right the ship, or are the Isles just waiting for Gerard Gallant to agree to contract terms? Or perhaps GM Garth Snow is waiting on the Boston Bruins to fire Claude Julien, who knows?

In the meantime, here's Weight as an Islander, first wearing their white (away) uniform on card #256 from Upper Deck's autograph-friendly 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee set:
And here he is wearing the team's blue proto-retro/current home uniform, on card #378 from Upper Deck's 2010-11 Series 2 set:
He signed both in blue sharpie during his tenure as Isles assistant coach and assistant-GM.

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