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Doctor's suggestion led Weight to Hall of Fame career

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 6:43 PM

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

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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.”

Weight said it didn’t take long for his legs to start growing correctly and he was able to ditch the braces. But for a while he was a bit awkward.

“I looked like Forest Gump walking around the house,” Weight said. “It was 1973, so it was probably a bad set of machinery.”

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