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U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Weight helped usher in new era of American hockey

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

Brian Compton - 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.

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 - 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.

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 - 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 "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."

Hurricanes' Karmanos a true hockey builder

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

Mike G. Morreale - 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."

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 - 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.

USA Hockey names 2013 Hall of Fame Class

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

Mike G. Morreale - 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.

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 - 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.

U.S. Hall of Famers share memories of Herb Brooks

Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 9:40 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

DALLAS -- Herb Brooks long has been synonymous with hockey in the United States. The legendary coach lifted the spirits of millions of Americans during the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" while urging his team on to a stunning win against the Soviets and an unlikely gold medal.

It's no wonder the entire hockey community mourned the death of Brooks, who died in a car accident Aug. 11, 2003. But his legacy lives on with the fans and former players privileged to watch or stand by his side.

Such was the case with Lou Lamoriello, Mike Modano and Ed Olczyk, who joined Brooks and 152 other members of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday during an induction ceremony and dinner at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium just outside the entrance to the Dallas Marriott City Center.

Memorable night for newest U.S. Hall of Famers

Tuesday, 10.16.2012 / 9:22 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

"We don't have to feel we're second to anybody anymore. The Americans are part of the game today as far as professional hockey goes. It's no longer an individual country … it's a world game and the United States expects to win."
-- Lou Lamoriello

DALLAS -- Mike Modano might be the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL history, but he made it clear Monday during his induction speech into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame that he hopes those numbers do not define him as a player.

"What I'm most proud of is being a part of a group that brought hockey to Texas," Modano said. It was a moment that certainly will not be forgotten by those in attendance at the Plaza of the Americas Atrium during induction ceremonies here in the Lone Star State.

After all, the kid from Livonia, Mich., spent 20 of his 21 NHL seasons with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars franchise before announcing his retirement last Sept. 23. Modano told everyone how much more popular the sport of hockey has become since he first arrived in Dallas in 1993, when there were no more than 100 registered youngsters playing the sport.

Olczyk 'honored and humbled' by U.S. Hall induction

Sunday, 10.14.2012 / 11:43 AM / U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

During the past decade, Eddie Olczyk has developed into one of the top television analysts in all of sports, not just hockey.

But when it was announced July 11 that the Chicago native would be a member of this year's class for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, it was a reminder of how talented Olczyk was during his 16 seasons as a player in the National Hockey League.

Olczyk, who will join Dallas Stars great Mike Modano and New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello as the Hall's newest inductees at a ceremony Oct. 15 in Dallas, appeared in 1,031 NHL games during stints in Chicago, Toronto, Winnipeg, New York and Los Angeles. He had 342 goals and 794 points and won a Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994.

"I'm extremely honored and humbled," Olczyk told "It's just something that I was hoping for, for a long time. I'd be lying if I didn't think it was going to happen at some point, but to have it happen now, it's certainly a great thrill. Everybody's really excited. It's going to be a great night and I'm just really looking forward to it."

Olczyk broke into the League in dramatic fashion, selected by his hometown Blackhawks in the first round (No. 3) of the 1984 NHL Draft. Adding to what already seemed like a Hollywood script, Olczyk had 20 goals and 30 assists in 70 games for Chicago in his rookie season of 1984-85. He added 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 15 Stanley Cup Playoff contests, helping the Blackhawks reach the Campbell Conference Finals.

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