Former Penguins winger Bill Guerin today announced his retirement as an NHL player. He will be honored before the team's game tonight against New Jersey at Consol Energy Center.
Guerin, 40, played for eight teams but is retiring as a Penguin, his final club and the one with which he won a Stanley Cup in 2009 as Sidney Crosby's linemate.
In 18 NHL seasons, he had 429 goals, 856 points. He also won a Cup with New Jersey 14 years before his title with the Penguins.
He played 95 games with the Penguins over the final two seasons of his career after being acquired from the New York Islanders at the March 2009 trade deadline.
"We were only here a short time but my family and I developed such a deep connection to the city, the team and the fans," Guerin said in a statement. "It was amazing. From ownership and [general manager] Ray Shero to the coaching staff and trainers, from my teammates to the arena workers to the people in the stands, they all treated us in such a first-class manner. It was an extremely positive experience. We all agree that retiring as a Pittsburgh Penguin is the perfect thing to do."
Guerin also represented the United States in the Olympics in 1998, 2002 and 2006 and played in two World Cups.
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