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Curley thought U.S. Hall call was a mistake

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 5:39 PM

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

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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.”

Curley said her father had a similar reaction.

“I called my dad, he’s 84 now,” she said. “He was silent and I think he was like, 'Sure you did.' But he’s thrilled.”

As is the rest of Curley's family. Besides her father, Curley said her brothers and her sister are in attendance Monday night.

“My two brothers who supported me, who always found time for me to play on their teams when I was the worst one,” Curley said. “My sister’s here, so it’s just great to get my family together and thank them. Anyone who knows about hockey knows about the sacrifices and the ice time and the cold rinks.”

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