Every Friday we will be adding one of our favorite hockey videos from over the years. Some might be painful, some might be just plain dirty, but they all have a story behind them that make them downright awesome and great to watch over and over again.
|Bill Guerin got passed around more than Paris Hilton|
I have a soft spot in my heart for Bill Guerin. So when I heard he retired last week I thought, I need to write about that Big Hoss. I use to always draft him in my Yahoo! Hockey Pools back in the early 2000's. He was a solid power forward that would score and also get you 100 PIMs a year. Even in his later years I would draft him late to be my 3rd RW just to get the shots, PIMs and goal stats.
In his 18 year career he scored 429 career goals with 1660 PIMS. Guerin was a 2 time Stanley Cup winner with New Jersey in 1995 and Pittsburgh in 2009. Billy was drafted 5th overall in 1989 by the New Jersey Devils and made just under $52M in his playing career. He is also the only player in NHL history to score more then 20 goals a season with 7 different teams.
I can remember meeting Billy at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo last year. I was there to see the Maple Leafs play the Sabres and went to grab wings before the game. If you know the Anchor Bar, it's always packed and we were stuck in line waiting for a table. I guess the Penguins had flown in early for their game the next night because to our amazement, big Billy Guerin walked in and posted up near the bar and waited for a table just like us. My brothers and I saw him toss back 3 Pints of McSorelys Pale Ale in about 25 minutes. He seemed pretty cool and down to earth and was talking to a lot of the hockey fans that were there. It was nice to see him slamming beers the night before a game. He was a Hoss and made me realize just how big NHL players were.
Guerin was always competitive, and showed a little bit of the dirty side of the dangle. Here's a clip of him abusing a rookie at a Dallas Stars training camp. It's probably the worst treatment I've ever seen of a teammate in any sport.
Cheers to a great career Bill Guerin.