Doug Weight was always one of the most honest and candid players I came across during all my years covering the Edmonton Oilers. That said, it’s not surprising that the future captain of the Oilers admitted after being acquired from the New York Rangers in March 1993 that, at the time, he probably couldn’t find Edmonton on a map if he tried.
It’s somewhat ironic, then, that by the time Weight was traded to St. Louis on Canada Day 2001 with the Oilers unable to afford him, Edmonton was home and where his heart was. He’d left a significant mark on the town that the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and other Oiler greats had put on the NHL map in the 1980s. Weight, a native of Warren, Michigan, loved playing in Edmonton and Edmonton had adopted him as one of its own. 

Doug Weight

Center
Born Jan 21 1971 — Detroit, MI
Height 5.11 — Weight 200 [180 cm/91 kg]
Drafted by New York Rangers
Round 2 #34 overall 1990 NHL Entry Draft

BY THE NUMBERS

Season
Age
Tm
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
S
S%
TOI
ATOI
1991-92
21
53
8
22
30
-3
23
72
11.1
1992-93
22
TOT
78
17
31
48
2
65
125
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13.6
1992-93
22
65
15
25
40
4
55
90
16.7
1992-93
22
13
2
6
8
-2
10
35
5.7
1993-94
23
84
24
50
74
-22
47
188
12.8
1994-95
24
48
7
33
40
-17
69
104
6.7
1995-96
25
82
25
79
104
-19
95
204
12.3
1996-97
26
80
21
61
82
1
80
235
8.9
1997-98
27
79
26
44
70
1
69
205
12.7
1998-99
28
43
6
31
37
-8
12
79
7.6
854
19:51
1999-00
29
77
21
51
72
6
54
167
12.6
1585
20:35
2000-01
30
82
25
65
90
12
91
188
13.3
1815
22:08
2001-02
31
61
15
34
49
20
40
131
11.5
1208
19:48
2002-03
32
70
15
52
67
-6
52
182
8.2
1426
20:23
2003-04
33
75
14
51
65
-3
37
198
7.1
1532
20:25
2005-06
35
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TOT
70
15
42
57
-17
75
175
8.6
1452
20:44
2005-06
35
47
11
33
44
-11
50
123
8.9
1048
22:17
2005-06
35
23
4
9
13
-6
25
52
7.7
404
17:35
2006-07
36
82
16
43
59
10
56
123
13.0
1500
18:17
2007-08
37
TOT
67
10
15
25
4
32
96
10.4
979
14:37
2007-08
37
29
4
7
11
4
12
47
8.5
469
16:11
2007-08
37
38
6
8
14
0
20
49
12.2
510
13:25
2008-09
38
53
10
28
38
-15
55
96
10.4
969
18:17
2009-10
39
36
1
16
17
-1
8
61
1.6
570
15:51
2010-11
40
18
2
7
9
-3
10
26
7.7
315
17:32
9 yrs
EDM
588
157
420
577
-48
527
1405
11.2
4254
21:03
6 yrs
STL
364
75
220
295
14
247
804
9.3
7183
19:44
3 yrs
NYI
107
13
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51
64
-19
73
183
7.1
1855
17:20
2 yrs
NYR
118
23
47
70
1
78
162
14.2
1 yr
ANA
38
6
8
14
0
20
49
12.2
510
13:25
1 yr
CAR
23
4
9
13
-6
25
52
7.7
404
17:35
Career
1238
278
755
1033
-58
970
2655
10.5
14205
19:21

PLAYOFFS

Season
Age
Tm
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
S
S%
TOI
ATOI
1990-91
20
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1991-92
21
7
2
2
4
3
0
4
50.0
1996-97
26
12
3
8
11
0
8
54
5.6
1997-98
27
12
2
7
9
-4
14
26
7.7
1998-99
28
4
1
1
2
-3
15
4
25.0
59
14:43
1999-00
29
5
3
2
5
-3
4
8
37.5
105
21:05
2000-01
30
6
1
5
6
0
17
18
5.6
136
22:45
2001-02
31
10
1
1
2
0
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4
22
4.5
164
16:26
2002-03
32
7
5
8
13
0
2
18
27.8
157
22:26
2003-04
33
5
2
1
3
-4
6
14
14.3
97
19:24
2005-06
35
23
3
13
16
-3
20
35
8.6
355
15:27
2007-08
37
5
0
1
1
1
4
2
0.0
38
7:39
Career
97
23
49
72
-13
94
205
11.2
1113
17:07

NOTABLE

“I didn’t know much about Edmonton, didn’t know where it was on the map to be honest with you,” said Weight, who was just 22 when he was acquired from the Rangers for Esa Tikkanen. “Glen Sather, Ron Low, the organization, they put pressure on me, they challenged me, they made me a better player, made me compete, made me a leader, and for that I thank them.”
With the Dynasty Days of the Oilers done and most of the Boys on the Bus traded away or sold by owner Peter Pocklington, Weight and younger, cheaper players like him – Jason Arnott, Zdeno Ciger, Dean McAmmond and Kirk Maltby – were supposed to be the new core of the five-time Stanly Cup champions. It didn’t take Weight long to establish himself as the Oilers’ marquee guy. He had 104 points in 1995-96. Weight was named team captain, taking over from popular Kelly Buchberger, in 1999.
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During his nine-year tenure in Edmonton, the final two as captain, Weight led the Oilers to five consecutive playoff berths, including what became an annual spring rite – showdowns with the Dallas Stars. During the back-half of that stretch Weight was Edmonton’s best player, the highlight reel guy on a team that always found itself battling in the middle of the pack instead of running out front like in the glory days. Highlights? Just a few.

THE STORY

Remember Weight’s goal against the Calgary Flames? That’s here. How about Weight starting the play on Todd Marchant’s overtime goal in a stunning first-round upset of the Stars in 1997? That’s  here. You can see a clip of Weight’s career highlights from his U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction here. In between, Weight’s best years in a career that spanned 1,238 games came with the Oilers – not counting, ahem, that 2006 Stanley Cup win as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. Let’s move on . . .
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Weight never wanted to leave Edmonton, but as was the case with so many players in the era when Pocklington’s financial house of cards was exposed, the Oilers could no longer afford to keep him. Weight had made $4.3 million for two consecutive seasons and was due for a raise. GM Kevin Lowe knew there was no way he could give Weight market value – Lowe was right as Weight’s salary doubled with the Blues. Like that, Weight, seen by many along with Ryan Smyth as the greatest post-dynasty Oilers until the arrival of Connor McDavid, was gone.
“It was really, really difficult when I got traded,” Weight said. “I remember Kevin Lowe, when we talked in the summer. He pretty much let me know and explained to me that it was going to be hard to give me what everybody was being paid. Still, when the trade happened, it was just really tough on me. I didn’t look forward to anything for a while. I knew I was going to miss the Edmonton culture. It was hard. Edmonton was everything you could want in a city and an organization.” Likewise, Weight, the young man who couldn’t find Edmonton with a map when he arrived, had been everything this city could want in a player by the time he left.
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