A crafty, offensive forward, Doug Weight has received numerous accolades for his grit and leadership. After a solid beginning with the New York Rangers, his career blossomed in Edmonton, where he became a key component in the resurgence of that club's fortunes.
Weight first made a name for himself while starring for the Bloomfield Jets in the NAJHL. He then accepted a scholarship offer from Lake Superior State University, where he scored 144 points in two seasons, earned All-American honors, and finished as one of the all-time leading scorers in school history.
After a strong freshman season at Lake Superior, Weight was chosen by the New York Rangers 34th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. Following his 75-point effort in 1990-91 at Lake Superior, the slick playmaker was placed on the CCHA's First All-Star Team and the NCAA West Second All-American Team. That year he also represented the United States at the World Junior Championship in Saskatoon. He finished as the leading scorer in the tournament, one point ahead of Canada's Eric Lindros. In one game, Weight was particularly dominant, scoring seven points in the team's 19-1 shellacking of Norway on New Year's Day of 1991.
Weight played well as an NHL rookie in 1991-92, scoring 30 points in 53 games. His fine adjustment to the pro game was overshadowed by the 35-goal performance of teammate and fellow rookie Tony Amonte. Both players injected life into the Rangers' lineup and helped the club finish at the top of the NHL standings with 105 points.
In 1992-93, Weight was enjoying a more productive season, but the Rangers were fading in the standings. In an attempt to shake up the team, the promising Weight was dealt to Edmonton in return for veteran Esa Tikkanen. In 1993-94 Tikkanen helped the Rangers win the Stanley Cup, but Weight pleased the Oilers' officials by scoring 74 points and becoming an enthusiastic leader on an improving team.
By 1995-96, Weight was a top offensive performer and recorded his first 100-point season. He and captain Kelly Buchberger were key reasons behind the Oilers' return to the playoffs in 1996-97. They upset the heavily favored Dallas Stars in the first round before bowing to the Colorado Avalanche in five games in the conference semifinals.
The next year Weight scored 70 points in 78 games and was part of the United States contingent at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. The Oilers got revenge on Colorado and knocked the Avs out in the opening round of the playoffs before Dallas gained retribution of its own in five games over Edmonton in the next round. By this time, Weight was entrenched as a crowd favorite in Edmonton because he played hard and he came to the rink every night to give his all.
Early in the 1998-99 season, the gritty forward suffered a serious knee injury that limited him to only 43 games. Weight was named the 10th captain in Oilers' history prior to the 1999-00 season. He scored 72 points in 77 games and helped the team reach the playoffs for the fourth straight year. And he tried to play through injuries when the team lost to the defending Stanley Cup champion Dallas Stars in the first round.
The Warren, MI native played one more season with the Oilers before testing the free agent market in the summer of 2001. After spending parts of nine seasons in Edmonton, Weight was traded to the St. Louis Blues prior to the 2001-02 season.
After a sixth place finish at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Weight and his U.S. teammates returned to the Olympic stage in 2002, capturing the silver medal. One of the premier playmakers in the NHL, Weight reached the 600 assist mark and notched his 800th career point in 2003-04. Following a brief stint in Germany during the lock-out of 2004-05, Weight returned to St. Louis in 2005-06. However, with the team struggling, Weight was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes just prior to 2006 Winter Olympic break.
After a sixth place finish at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Weight and his U.S. teammates returned to the Olympic stage in 2002, capturing the silver medal. One of the premier playmakers in the NHL, Weight reached the 600 assist mark and notched his 800th career point in 2003-04. Following a brief stint in Germany during the lock-out of 2004-05, Weight returned to St. Louis in 2005-06. However, with the team struggling, Weight was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes just prior to representing his homeland in the 2006 Winter Olympics.
As a member of the Carolina Hurricanes Doug Weight contributed 16 points (3-13-16) in 23 playoff games, however would miss games 6 & 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals due to a shoulder injury suffered in game 5. Despite losing the Weight the Hurricanes still managed to defeat the Edmonton Oilers en route to the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship.
In the summer of 2006, Weight was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues. In his first season back as a member of the Blues, Weight led a rebuilding St. Louis club with 59 points and skated in this 1,000 NHL game. The following season Weight struggled to produce offensively on the Blues and was later dealt to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for centre Andy McDonald. Weight's stint in Anaheim was short lived however, after only 38 games with the Ducks the free agent signed with the Islanders on July 2, 2008.
On October 2, 2009, Weight was named captain of the Islanders.
A lingering back injury limited the Islanders captain to just 18 games during the 2010-11 season, but did not hamper the positive influence the veteran had on the young team. Weight took on something of a coaching role in practices and continued to provide positive leadership within the Islanders dressing room.
In 2011, Weight became the second member of the New York Islanders to win the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The trophy is awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.