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Islanders interim coach Doug Weight speaks with Michigan Hockey

New York Islanders coach Doug Weight spoke with Michigan Hockey's Stefan Kubus about his hockey memories growing up in St. Clair Shores, MI and his status as the Islanders' interim bench boss:

Weight, who is also the Isles’ assistant general manager, has filled in admirably since Jack Capuano was fired on Jan. 17. Since, the Isles have gone 5-0-1 heading into Friday’s tilt with Detroit. The Detroit native joined Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill (Sault Ste. Marie) and Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma (Grand Haven) as the only homegrown NHL head coaches currently in the league.

“The beginning has been great, that’s no secret,” Weight said. “It’s always a shocker when something like that happens within an organization and, first and foremost, from staff to the top-down, you take accountability for it, but one man gets the brunt of it so it’s a tough situation and we were close with Jack (Capuano) and that team liked Jack. So we had to take the positives out of it and we’ve had to move on.

Like Detroit, the Islanders are fighting for their playoff lives, as they currently sit five points back of the second wild card spot in a tough Metropolitan Division.

“For me, so far it’s been great, but there’s always gonna be ebbs and flows in this league that’s for sure,” Weight said. “There’s so many great teams. It’s gonna be a tough one tonight, but the cliché thing is, we’ve dug ourselves a hole so we have to take it one game at a time.”

Kubus continues...

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