By Pat O'Rourke
The US Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2013 was announced Thursday morning, and there's quite a bit of New England DNA in the group.
Cindy Curley and Bill Guerin, natives of Massachusetts, got their call to the Hall, along with Peter Karmanos Jr., who owned the Hartford Whalers.
Guerin, a native of Wilbraham, Mass., played 18 seasons in the NHL after two impressive seasons at Boston College, scoring 429 goals and 856 points in 1,263 NHL games. He was a member of two Stanley Cup-winning teams (1995, 2009), and was a member of the USA team that won gold at the 1996 World Cup.
Guerin played for the Bruins from 2000 to 2002, traded to Boston in November 2000 from Edmonton in exchange for Anson Carter. In 142 games in black and gold, Guerin put up a 69-60—129 scoring line. He scored 41 goals in his lone full season in Boston, an output since only matched by Glen Murray, who scored 44 goals in the 2002-2003 season.
Curley, a native of Hudson, is an icon in the women’s hockey community. Playing in the inaugural IIHF Women’s World Championship in 1990, she led the Yanks to the silver medal. In five games, Curley put up a 11-12—23 line, which has yet to matched. She was a member of three other Silver-medal winning USA teams, at the 1992 and 1994 IIHF Worlds and the Women’s Pacific Rim Championships in 1995. Curley inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002, and earlier this year was named the Athletic Hall of Fame at Providence College, where she is among the all-time leading scorers from her time with the Friars from 1981 to 1985.
Karmanos, who has vastly contributed to the game over his five-plus decades in hockey, is held in lower regard around New England, known as the man who moved the Hartford Whalers to North Carolina in 1997. For the people of Connecticut, the move cost them their only major league sports franchise. For the Bruins fans, the move cost them another Adams Division archrival, having already lost the Quebec Nordiques, who moved 3,000 miles out and one mile up to Denver in 1995.
The other two inductees include retired college coach Ron Mason and retired NHL veteran Doug Weight.
Mason coached an aggregate 36 seasons between Lake Superior State (1966-1973), Bowling Green (1973-1979), and Michigan State (1979-2002). His 924 wins ranked most all-time before Boston College bench boss Jerry York passed the coach in December 2012.
Weight played 19 seasons between six different teams, getting his name on the Stanley Cup in 2006 as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. Weight scored 1,033 points in 1,238 games.
The date and location of the induction event will be announced by USA Hockey at a later date.