Guerin keeps Isles' room light

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

Though they've struggled with injuries and currently languish at the very bottom of the NHL standings, at least the New York Islanders have a good room.

Any room with Bill Guerin in it, as any of his former teammates will attest, is a good room.

A veteran of 17 seasons in the league, The Islanders captain has always made it a point to keep spirits up and morale high on the teams he plays for, even when there seems plenty of reason to pout.

"You have to," said the former Oiler, who always kept everyone laughing during his four years with the club. "You have to be honest with yourself and realize when you're not playing well, but it's a fun game, it's a blessing to be in this game. You can't walk around with your head down all the time. You have to have a good time, you have to be upbeat, attitude is a very powerful thing. We've kept a good attitude through the whole season.

"It's definitely not easy, but throughout it guys have kept a good attitude and a good work ethic. We've had a rash of injuries, we saw a bunch of our teammates go down with some crazy injuries this year, but it's part of the game. As long as we work hard and our attitude is good, we'll deal with everything else."

Guerin has always been a charismatic guy with a big personality, one of the funniest guys in the league, but he really developed an appreciation for maintaining a close-knit dressing room during his Edmonton years.

"Every day coming to the rink, the atmosphere the Oilers provided in the dressing room was second to none. And they've kept the traditions going. It's a great place to be.

"I have a lot of good memories of being an Oiler. It's fun to come back with Dougie (Weight) and Mike (Comrie). We have some fond memories of playing here together. This is a great place to play hockey. I really enjoyed my time here.

"I had a great time in New Jersey, as well. I was fortunate to play on a couple of really great teams, they had some great players there, but the Oilers were the team that gave me a chance to really play, to be a top player. I'll always be grateful for that opportunity."


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