Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Michigan took centerstage when three luminaries with ties to the state were inducted to the US Hockey Hall of Fame Monday at the Sound Board Theater of the Motor City Casino.
Peter Karmanos, Ron Mason and Doug Weight were inducted together with Bill Guerin and Cindy Curley as members of the Class of 2013.
Longtime hockey journalist Kevin Allen, who is based in Ann Arbor, was honored with the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey.
Thousands of children have benefited from Karmanos’ decision to co-found Detroit Compuware Hockey in the late 1970s, creating an organization that nurtured players from AAA to Junior A.
In 1989, Karmanos acquired ownership of an Ontario Hockey League franchise known in its current incarnation as the Plymouth Whalers, who play at a jewel of an OHL home in Compuware Arena.
When the Detroit Red Wings needed a place to stage their lockout-shortened training camp in January of 2013, they called Compuware Arena their home.
Karmanos has had success at every level of hockey, becoming an NHL champion in 2006 when his Carolina Hurricanes didn’t finish playing until they partied with the Stanley Cup.
Through all his success at the moneyed level, Karmanos, a graduate of Wayne State and former CEO of Compuware Corporation, has kept sponsoring youth hockey programs within the state.
Mason, for his part, guided teenagers and young adults in the balance between collegiate hockey and academics during his coaching stint at Michigan State.
Mason led the Spartans to the NCAA championship in 1986, and back to the title game the following season. In 1993, 14 years after he was hired at MSU, Mason became college hockey’s all-time winningest coach with 674 victories.
By the time he retired from coaching in 2002 to become the school’s athletic director, Mason had 924 victories, a feat that wasn’t surpassed until 2012.
Guerin and Weight were teammates on three NHL teams (Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders), the 1996 United States World Cup team, and the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Olympics.
Curley was a pioneer in the women’s game, first as a four-season star at Providence College then with United States teams, starting with the 1990 IIHF Women’s World Championship. In five games, she set tournament records in goals (11), assists (12) and points (23).