Guerin enshrined in US Hockey Hall of Fame
Dec. 3, 2013
DETROIT - Former Eagle Bill Guerin (1989-91) was enshrined in the United States Hockey Hall of
Fame on Monday night at the Motor City Casino, joining Cindy Curley, Peter Karmanos, Ron Mason and Doug Weight as the five-member Class of 2013. Guerin became Boston College's fifth representative to be enshrined in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Guerin joins Brian Leetch (Class of 2008), John Cuniff (Class of 2003), Len Ceglarski (Class of 1992) and John A. "Snooks" Kelley (Class of 1974) as former Eagles inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Wilbraham, Mass., native had a fruitful two-year stay at Boston College before going on to an 18-year career (1991-2010) in the National Hockey League. At The Heights, Guerin played in 77 games over the course of the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons, accruing 70 points (40-30-70) and 166 penalty minutes under head coach Len Ceglarski. While an Eagle, BC put together a record of 45-25-1 (.641). In Guerin's first season, Boston College advanced to the Frozen Four.
Guerin's illustrious pro career started with the New Jersey Devils in 1991. The 6-foot-2 right winger was drafted fifth overall by New Jersey in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He captured his first of two Stanley Cups with the Devils in 1995 before collecting his second with Pittsburgh in 2009.
Over the course of 18 seasons, Guerin skated with eight professional clubs, including New Jersey (1991-98), Edmonton (1998-2001), Boston (2001-02), Dallas (2002-06), St. Louis and San Jose (2006-07), NY Islanders (2007-09) and Pittsburgh (2008-10). Guerin retired as a Penguin on Dec. 6, 2010.
Guerin played in 1,263 career NHL games, totaling 856 points with 429 goals and 427 assists. He was a four-time all-star selection ('01, '03, '04, '07) and named the 2001 MVP of the NHL All-Star Game. Guerin was the first player to score 20 goals in a season with seven different franchises.
The former Eagle was also a three-time Olympian, representing the United States at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic Games.
USA Today writer Kevin Allen was bestowed with the Lester Patrick Award, which is given annually for "outstanding service to hockey in the United States". Current Eagle head coach Jerry York was honored with the Lester Patrick Award in 2010, joining John A. `Snooks' Kelley (1972), Ceglarski (1990), Joe Mullen (1995) and Brian Leetch (2007) as Boston College's fifth recipient.
Guerin currently works with the Penguins' organization as the player development coach.