Published January 13, 2015
Doug Weight and Bill Guerin were among those selected for induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Joining the two former NHL stars will be Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr., former Michigan State men's coach Ron Mason and women's star Cindy Curley.
"This is a class that represents extraordinary contribution and success in many different areas of our sport," said USA Hockey president Ron DeGregorio. "It's a truly remarkable collection of individuals, all so very deserving of their place among immortals in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame."
A date and time for enshrinement will be announced later this summer.
Weight played 19 seasons in the NHL for the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders. He finished with 278 goals and 755 assists in 1,238 career games. His 1,033 points are seventh-most among U.S.-born players.
The Michigan native won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 and helped the United States to the World Cup of Hockey title in 1996. He also played in the Olympics three times, winning a silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake Games.
Guerin spent 18 seasons in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored 429 goals and added 427 assists for 856 points over 1,263 games.
Selected with the fifth overall pick of the 1989 draft by New Jersey, the Massachusetts native won a Stanley Cup in 1995 with the Devils and again was a Cup champion in 2009 with Pittsburgh. He played in the Olympics three times, winning a silver medal in 2002, and was part of the 1996 gold-medal winning World Cup team.
Guerin and Weight were teammates with Edmonton, St. Louis and the Islanders, and also played together on three U.S. Olympic teams.
Karmanos has owned the Hurricanes since 1994, purchasing the club when it was located in Hartford. He moved the team to North Carolina three years later and the franchise has flourished. In addition to capturing the Stanley Cup in 2006, the Hurricanes also claimed the Eastern Conference title in 2002.
Mason led Michigan State to an NCAA title in 1986 during his tenure with the Spartans from 1979-2002. He also guided Lake Superior State from 1966-73 and Bowling Green State from 1973-79, and had 924 wins in a 36-year career. His win total ranks second in college hockey and his .696 winning percentage is among the top-10.
Curley was among the pioneers of the U.S. women's national team, playing in the inaugural IIHF Women's World Championship in 1990. Her 11 goals, 12 assists and 23 points in five games remain single-tournament records. She also played for Team USA at the 1992 and 1994 World Championships, and starred with Providence College, where she posted 110 goals and 225 points from 1981-85.