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3-time Olympian Weight is proud of USA

Islanders center Doug Weight (93) skates during the

Islanders center Doug Weight (93) skates during the first period against the Florida Panthers at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 in a shoot out. (Mar. 1, 2010) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

As part of the select group of American hockey players who have played in three Olympics, Doug Weight can empathize with Team USA's 3-2 loss to Canada Sunday in Vancouver.

Watching Sidney Crosby score the game-winner in overtime to secure the gold medal for Canada evoked memories of the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, where Weight and his USA teammates took home silver after a 5-2 loss to their northern neighbors.

"In 2002, it was right after 9/11 and we were a lot like this U.S. team, running on all cylinders. Canada slowly peaked and we ran out of gas," Weight said. "The emotion in that building must have been unbelievable. I can only imagine."

Weight said he is proud of the team's performance.

"I don't think a lot of hockey people had them picked, so to do what they did, in the fashion that they did, you could feel it," said Weight, who watched the game at his house with his wife and Islanders teammates John Tavares and Matt Moulson. "I was on the edge of my seat. It was an unbelievable, entertaining night."

With Team USA trailing 2-1, the game took a dramatic turn when Zach Parise scored with less than 25 seconds left in regulation to tie it.

"That was sick, to see Parise tie it up," said Rob Schremp, who watched the game with fellow American Kyle Okposo. "We were jumping up and down."

Okposo, who was a candidate for the Olympic team but missed the cut, said he was happy to see his friend Parise help the United States fight back.

"I was really excited. He's a special player and a great person," Okposo said.

The elation of the Americans was quickly stifled, however, when Crosby scored 7:40 into overtime.

"Some things are scripted,'' Weight said, "and Sid is that type of person and player. His career is taking that type of turn."

Witnessing an outstanding tournament for Team USA is a source of pride for Weight, who said he will always feel a connection to USA hockey and cherish his opportunities to have worn that jersey.

"There's nothing like playing for your country," Weight said. "It's amazing each time, the pride you feel. I know what those guys are feeling. It's such a great experience being an Olympian."

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