18-year NHL veteran Bill Guerin formally announced his retirement from the League prior to a Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils game Monday evening.
Guerin felt it was important to make the announcement on the day the two most important teams, to him, faced each other.
Minutes before the opening faceoff, Guerin joined his family at center ice for a moving tribute dedicated to his short stint in Pittsburgh and also accepted gifts, a thank you from Penguins organization. The cheers rained down especially loud when Head Coach Dan Bylsma presented Guerin with his #13 jersey which he quickly pulled over his head as eagerly as he did 21 years ago when he was drafted by the Devils.
Everyone involved with this Penguins team, be it the staff, players and fans, know what Guerin meant to this franchise despite his short stay. Throughout his career, Guerin has been the model of a class athlete and a fantastic American representative of the sport of hockey on so many levels, from the national to the international stage.
But to the those who cheer for the black and gold, nothing beats what he did for the young Penguins team, especially in the months following his trade to the organization.
Guerin will always be a cherished member of the Pittsburgh Penguins and even his short stay wasn't without its memorable moments.
Here are Bill Guerin's five greatest moments as a Penguin.
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