Bill Guerin retired from hockey

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Bill Guerin Retires

Bill Guerin retired from hockey
Two-time Stanley Cup winner American Bill Guerin announced his retirement as hockey player. December 6, 40-year-old Guerin said he decided to spend more time with his family – his wife Kara and their four children. Athlete added that his future work will be associated with hockey.

With two Stanley Cup rings and 856 points on his resume, Bill Guerin on Monday said he’s had enough and announced in Pittsburgh that he is retiring from his playing career.

Guerin, who lives on Long Island, visited with the Penguins when they were in New York last week. Even though he spent only the last season-plus of his playing career in Pittsburgh he said he felt a great connection to the team, its fans and the city that it was appropriate for him to retire as a Penguin.

Guerin played 95 games as a Penguin after he was traded to Pittsburgh from the Islanders on March 4, 2009. He scored 26 goals and dished out 31 assists and was a key contributor to the Penguins’ run to the Stanley Cup in 2009. He had 15 points on 7 goals and 8 assists playing mostly on Sidney Crosby’s right wing during the ’09 playoffs.

He was known to be a positive influence on Crosby and one of No. 87’s best friends on the team.

“It was one of the most positive experiences of my life,” Guerin told reporters during his press conference at Consol Energy Center Monday morning. “They were great in bringing me here. My family and I bonded with this team and with this community. Fortunately, we were able to win the Stanley Cup as a family together. It was amazing.”

Guerin, 40, said he’s looking forward to the second half of his life with his family, including his wife Kara and their four children, as the focal point. He is also looking toward his second career, and isn’t sure if that’ll be in front of the camera as an analyst or behind the scenes as a scout or team executive.

He’s already doing some TV work on Versus’ new show “NHL Overtime,” and he’s been spending time tagging along with Tom Fitzgerald, the Penguins’ Assistant to the General Manager, to see what that side of the business is all about. Guerin said he plans on doing both for the time being.

“There are so many different levels on what you can do in this business and I’m just trying to figure that out,” he said. “I’m trying to figure out exactly what I want to do and that may take some time. I do want to stay in the game.”

Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero, who is in West Palm Beach, Fla. at the Board of Governors Meetings, told NHL.com that he admired Guerin’s decision and was honored that he decided to retire as a Penguin.

“I think this is more a family decision,” Shero said. “It is where he is with his family and with his kids and they have given up a lot for him in his career. To give it one last try, where would that be? In his mind it would have to be a select place or two, not just any place to play. When that wasn’t going to materialize, I think he did what was right for him and his family and I think the timing is great.”

Guerin started his career with the New Jersey Devils in 1991-92 as a 22-year-old coming out of Boston College. He played for eight teams over his 18 NHL seasons and piled up 429 goals, 427 assists and 1,660 penalty minutes in 1,263 regular season games. Guerin also had 39 goals and 34 assists for 73 points in 133 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

“A great, great competitor,” Brendan Shanahan told NHL.com from the Board of Governors Meetings. “He sort of played the game any way you wanted to play it and probably what a lot of people don’t know is he is probably one of the funniest guys in any locker room he was ever in.”

Guerin said he chose to announce his retirement Monday because the Penguins were playing the Devils. New Jersey drafted him with the No. 5 pick in the 1989 Entry Draft and he played parts of seven seasons with the Devils before being traded to Edmonton. He won a Stanley Cup with the Devils in 1995.

“New Jersey is the team that took a chance on me,” he said on NHL Live!. (GM) “Lou (Lamoriello) gave me my start, groomed me as a young player and taught me a lot of things. That’s why this game is symbolic for me.”

After being traded from Edmonton to Boston on Nov. 15, 2000, Guerin went on to post 63 points in 64 games with the Bruins. If you add in the 22 points he had in 21 games with the Oilers, Guerin posted a career-best 85 points in 85 games during the 2000-01 season. He followed that up by scoring a career-high 41 goals in 78 games with the Bruins in 2001-02.

By Dan Rosen  – NHL.com Senior Writer

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