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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 7:42 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Weight, Karmanos linked by Detroit, Stanley Cup

DETROIT -- There’s a special bond between Detroit native Doug Weight and Peter Karmanos Jr., who is such a large part of the amateur hockey scene there.

Karmanos founded the Compuware hockey organization, and Weight played with and against those teams growing up.

Years later, the duo was reunited when the Carolina Hurricanes acquired Weight from the St. Louis Blues late in the 2005-06 NHL season. Weight had 13 points in 16 regular-season games then 16 in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Hurricanes win their only Stanley Cup.

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 6:48 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

OHL experience led Karmanos to Hurricanes

DETROIT -- Peter Karmanos Jr. is best known today as the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes.

But if it weren’t for his success in the Ontario Hockey League, he might never have bought into the NHL to begin with.

Karmanos, who founded the Compuware hockey organization in Detroit, reached across the Detroit River to purchase the Windsor Spitfires in 1984.

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 6:43 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Doctor's suggestion led Weight to Hall of Fame career

DETROIT -- Growing up in Detroit, Doug Weight likely would have found his way onto a hockey rink eventually. But a suggestion from the family physician paved the way to a career that landed him in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

Weight told reporters that when he learned to walk he was bowlegged, and at the suggestion of a doctor, his father put him into hockey.

“I was in these braces when I was 2 years old and couldn’t walk,” Weight said. “I was bowlegged. [My father] started putting me on the ice to strengthen my legs on a suggestion from a doctor.”

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 6:25 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Mason watched American college game grow

DETROIT -- Ron Mason was there for the giant landscape change in NCAA hockey.

Mason’s 36-season college coaching career started at Lake Superior State University in 1966, and he said most of his players came from just over the border in Ontario. It was a similar situation when he went to Bowling Green State University in 1973.

“When I started coaching, I was in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and we had a few kids from the Soo, but most of them were from across the road in Ontario,” Mason said. “When I went to Bowling Green, we were mostly Canadians."

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 6:04 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Guerin eyes advancement in his new career

DETROIT -- Bill Guerin enjoys his job with the Pittsburgh Penguins but said he can see the corporate ladder in front of him.

Guerin is in his third season as Penguins player development coach, where he’s worked with the team’s prospects at all levels. He said it’s been a good learning experience for him and the best opportunity possible to learn how an NHL front office works.

“I’m trying not to get ahead of myself,” Guerin said Monday prior to his induction into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. “I really want to take the next step of my career slowly. I’m trying to be a little more methodical about it and make sure I do it the right way. I want to climb the ladder eventually, but to what spot I don’t know.”

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 5:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Guerin, Curley give thanks to Devils GM Lamoriello

DETROIT -- United States Hockey Hall of Fame inductees Cindy Curley and Bill Guerin went out of their ways Monday to mention how important New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello was in the growth of their careers.

Lamoriello was the men’s hockey coach and athletic director at Providence College during Curley’s time as a player at the school. Curley said few people at that time were as dedicated to the advancement of women’s hockey as Lamoriello.

“He did so much for that school and promoting hockey,” Curley said. “All hockey, women’s hockey, men’s hockey. I think he was way ahead of his time by treating the women’s program equally to the men’s program.”

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 5:39 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Curley thought U.S. Hall call was a mistake

DETROIT -- Cindy Curley couldn’t believe the call when it came from USA Hockey. In fact, she really didn’t believe what executive director Dave Ogrean was telling her.

“I thought he was calling me for some arbitration panel,” she said Monday prior to her induction into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. “Then he told me [it was the Hall of Fame], and I thought, ‘He has the wrong person.’ I didn’t want to volunteer, this is Cindy Curley, you probably called me by mistake.”

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 5:08 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Bettman calls Karmanos' influence 'immeasurable'

DETROIT -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he was proud of all five members of the 2013 induction class for the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, but he was most excited that Peter Karmanos Jr. was receiving one of hockey's highest honors.

"I consider Pete to be a great friend," Bettman told NHL.com. "It's nice to see somebody who's contributed to the game at all levels get recognized, not just for his ownership of the Hurricanes and winning a Stanley Cup, but the fact that at the grassroots level, teaching thousands of kids how to play the game and how to excel at the game has been immeasurable in terms of the growth of the game."

Bettman also said he was happy to see Doug Weight and Bill Guerin join Karmanos in this year's Hall class. He has seen those players go from Stanley Cup champions as players to development and coaching roles with the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively.

"They were always fierce competitors on the ice but really good guys off the ice as well," Bettman said. "And it's not surprising that they excel at whatever they do."

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Posted On Monday, 12.02.2013 / 3:22 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Set up for a special night at Sound Board Theater

DETROIT -- Things are set up here at the Sound Board Theater at the Motor City Casino for the United States Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Former NHL stars Bill Guerin and Doug Weight; former Michigan State University men's hockey coach Ron Mason; Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr.; and former United States women's hockey star Cindy Curley represent the Class of 2013.

Also being honored Monday is long-time NHL writer Kevin Allen, who will receive the Lester Patrick Trophy for contributions to hockey in the United States.


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