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U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Weight, Guerin lead U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 10:40 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

DETROIT -- Through all the teams, through all the years, Bill Guerin encapsulated his friendship with Doug Weight at the beginning of his speech Monday during the induction ceremony for the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

"Dougie told me he has an A speech and a B speech," Guerin said, laughing. "So I better tread lightly."

A friendship that began in the early 1990s at an Olympic festival when the two were amateurs came full circle Monday, when they were inducted together into the U.S. Hockey Hall.

Joining them in this year's group was former Michigan State University coach Ron Mason, women's hockey pioneer Cindy Curley, and Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos.

In addition, USA Today national hockey writer Kevin Allen was honored with the Lester Patrick Award for contributions to hockey in the United States.

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USA Today writer Allen honored with Lester Patrick

Monday, 12.02.2013 / 5:00 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

DETROIT -- After years of asking players what it means to win the Stanley Cup, Kevin Allen finally understands what they mean by their answers.

Allen, the longtime national NHL writer for USA Today, is the 2013 winner of the Lester Patrick Trophy, awarded annually for contributions to hockey in the United States.

Allen received his award during the United States Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday at the Sound Board Theater in the Motor City Casino.

"It's really been a humbling experience," Allen told NHL.com. "I've interviewed so many guys when they win the Cup and they said it's surreal and indescribable and not knowing what to say, that's kind of what I'm going with now. I guess I understand what they're saying. I'm not comparing it to winning a Cup, but I think the emotions for them, it's similar to what I feel."

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Guerin used Olympic disappointment as motivation

Sunday, 12.01.2013 / 3:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Bill Guerin and Keith Tkachuk were packing to go to the 1992 Albertville Olympics when the phone rang in their room. The call was for Guerin. His life was about to change.

"They called me up and cut me," Guerin told NHL.com. "I don't know what the reason was."

Guerin chose not to sign with the New Jersey Devils after his second season at Boston College because he wanted to try to make the Olympic team, because playing for the United States meant that much to him.

Three days after he was cut, Guerin signed with the Devils, who selected him with the fifth pick in the 1989 NHL Draft. He was immediately shipped to Utica, N.Y., to play for New Jersey's American Hockey League affiliate. His coach there was Herb Brooks, one of the few people who could truly sympathize with Guerin and his close-but-no-cigar Olympic bid.

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Weight helped usher in new era of American hockey

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 3:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

It's a moment Doug Weight was hopeful would come, but deep down he had to know it was inevitable.

One of the more talented American forwards to ever play the game, Weight, now an assistant coach with the New York Islanders, will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Monday night at the Motor City Casino in his hometown of Detroit.

Weight, 42, is part of a class that also includes one of his closest friends, Bill Guerin, along with Cindy Curley, Peter Karmanos, Jr. and Ron Mason. Weight played for six teams in the NHL (New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks and the Islanders) and had 278 goals and 755 assists in 1,238 games. He added another 23 goals and 49 assists in 97 Stanley Cup Playoff games and helped the Hurricanes win the franchise's lone championship in 2006.

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Mason's decision to coach led to U.S. Hall of Fame

Friday, 11.29.2013 / 3:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

A lot of people end up in graduate school without knowing particularly what they want to do when they grow up. Ron Mason was working on a doctorate in education at the University of Pittsburgh when he had a radical idea. What a life decision it turned out to be.

"I didn't really think much about coaching, even though I loved the game and thought I knew it pretty well," Mason said about his future after a decorated career as a player at St. Lawrence University. "When I was at graduate school, I was on my second year of working on my doctorate, I said, 'You know, this school is kind of wearing me out. Maybe I should try something different.' I told my wife I wanted to be a hockey coach, and she sort of just laughed because I had no real experience coaching."

Mason decided to give it a try and began applying for jobs. He had two offers, one at Merrimack College and the other at Lake Superior State University, which was about to be a fledgling program at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics level.

He accepted the job at Lake Superior State and began a coaching career that would span four decades. Mason became one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history, and Monday he will be enshrined in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Detroit.

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Curley blazed record-setting path among U.S. women

Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 3:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Cindy Curley was no different than any other rabid hockey fan growing up Massachusetts. She adored Bobby Orr and had aspirations of one day breaking barriers in the game she loved.

Unlike many, however, she not only met the legendary Boston Bruins defenseman on her birthday but became an instant inspiration to every female player with dreams of playing the game after earning a spot on the United States Women's National Team for the inaugural International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in 1990.

"I met Bobby Orr on my ninth birthday when he came to one of my practices when I was playing for the Assabet Valley Girls Hockey team in Concord [Mass.]," Curley told NHL.com. "I remember him coming in and saying, 'No autographs,' but someone told him it was my birthday and he signed my helmet and spent about an hour with us.

"I was always a horrible backwards skater, but to this day he's still my favorite player."


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Hurricanes' Karmanos a true hockey builder

Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 3:00 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Peter Karmanos Jr. has experienced many fabulous moments as owner and chief executive officer of the Carolina Hurricanes, but one still stands out above all others.

It was during Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final when the Hurricanes were playing the Edmonton Oilers.

"Anybody who has experienced a Game 7 on or off the ice knows how much is at stake; how the pressure never stops," Karmanos said. "About halfway through that game I noticed every single person in the arena had been standing since the start. They never sat down until the game ended. That was a tremendous tribute to ice hockey because I remembered the initial reaction when we moved hockey to North Carolina. But the game and the fans came through in Raleigh; they stood and applauded the entire game."

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College coach Mason graduates to U.S. Hall of Fame

Thursday, 07.25.2013 / 6:40 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Connor Mellas - NHL.com Staff Writer

After coaching 1,387 college hockey games, Ron Mason says he still can't get enough of the sport.

"When I look back at it now, 36 years, I can't believe that I was actually in it that long," Mason said. "I still love the game, I watch it all the time on television and appreciate how it's played, how it's officiated, and how we support it."

USA Hockey on Thursday announced the longtime coach will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, along with Bill Guerin, Doug Weight, Cindy Curley and Peter Karmanos Jr.

"While [Ron] always cared about whoever his employer was, he always put the overall good of college hockey first, as top priority," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey.

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USA Hockey names 2013 Hall of Fame Class

Thursday, 07.25.2013 / 2:49 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Two men representing the greatest generation of American-born hockey players, a legendary collegiate coach, a female player who set the bar on an international level, and the architect responsible for giving hockey a hub in North Carolina are this year's inductees into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

The honorees, announced Thursday by USA Hockey, are former NHL forwards Bill Guerin and Doug Weight, former Michigan State University men's coach Ron Mason, women's international record-holder Cindy Curley, and Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr.

The 41st U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction dinner and ceremony will be held at a location and date to be announced in the near future.

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Weight, Guerin: '96 U.S. team had incredible impact

Thursday, 07.25.2013 / 2:15 PM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

As much of an inspiration as the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's gold medal win in Lake Placid was to an older generation of American-born skaters, the 1996 World Cup of Hockey championship delivered by the United States was arguably just as impactful.

Bill Guerin and Doug Weight, who on Thursday were named for induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013, would know; they cheered for their country in 1980 and were on the ice to experience the thrill of that 1996 World Cup.

The retired NHL stars will join Cindy Curley, Peter Karmanos Jr. and Ron Mason at this year's induction ceremony at a location and date to be determined.

Guerin and Weight discussed that 1996 World Cup of Hockey win Thursday.

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