SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Mike Grier announced the following changes to the team’s hockey operations department.
Longtime NHL veteran Doug Weight has been hired as a hockey operations advisor. In this role reporting directly to Grier, Weight will collaborate with the Sharks general manager on player personnel, player acquisitions, drafting and development.
Weight previously served in a variety of hockey operations roles with the New York Islanders.
At the conclusion of his playing career in 2011, Weight was named senior advisor to the general manager and assistant coach. In 2014, he was promoted to assistant general manager while retaining his role behind the bench.
On Jan. 17, 2017, the Islanders promoted Weight to interim head coach, and he was officially named head coach on April 12, 2017 after he led the team to a 24-12-4 record after taking over the coaching duties. He served as the team’s head coach for the entire 2017-18 season, until Barry Trotz was named as his replacement.
In 122 games as a head coach with the Islanders, the team posted a 59-49-14 record.
Weight played in 1,238 NHL games with the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers (where he was a teammate of Grier’s from 1996-2001), St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks, and New York Islanders.
His 1,033 points (278 goals, 755 assists) ranks T-79th all-time and his assist total ranks 43rd all-time in NHL history.
Amongst US-born players, he ranks 5th in assists, 6th in power play points (438), 13th in games played, and T-28th in goals.
In 97 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Weight posted 72 points (23 goals, 49 assists) and was a member of the 2006 Stanley Cup-winning Carolina Hurricanes.
A four-time NHL All-Star, Weight was selected to the US Hockey Hall of Fame on July 25, 2013. He was also named the recipient of the 2011 King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
Internationally, Weight has represented the United States on multiple occasions. He was named to the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics men’s hockey teams, capturing a silver medal in 2002. He was also selected to the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey teams, helping Team USA win the championship in 1996. A member of the 1991 World Junior Championship squad, he led the tournament in scoring with 14 points. He also represented the US in the 1993, 1994 and 2005 World Championships.
Additionally, Grier announced today that the team and Director of Scouting Doug Wilson Jr. have parted ways.
“I want to thank Doug for his work in the Sharks organization for the past ten seasons, and especially leading up to last week’s NHL Draft. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”