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Doug Weight's veteran leadership
John Tavares was effusive in his gratitude yesterday for having a mentor like Doug Weight to show him the ropes and guide him during training camp, so as a follow-up I talked to Weight today about his role as a veteran leader of a young, rebuilding team.
Weight said it's not a responsibility, but rather a desire to pay forward all of the great mentors he had when he came into the league.
Growing up in Detroit, Michigan where basically all he knew was hockey, Weight said he entered the league with the Rangers in 1990 "pretty green."
Weight was lucky enough, however, to have a pretty remarkable set of leaders who taught him how to act and train like a professional.
How's this for a group of mentors? Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, Mike Richter, Mark Messier.
'Everyone really was great . I became really close with Brian, he really helped me out. He was awesome to me. He really showed me the ropes and protected me."
Almost two decades later Weight has found himself on the other side of the mentor-mentee relationship, a role which he welcomes. With former Islander captain Bill Guerin gone, Weight is a likely candidate to wear the "C" for the Islanders, an honor he has embraced before, when he served as captain of the Oilers while in Edmonton.
"It's a cool responsibility. I felt like I was good at it, I really do. Not to sound immodest, but I just felt comfortable with it."
So what does he think about potentially becoming the next Islanders captain?
"I'd take it in a heartbeat and run with it."