Mason, Guerin, Weight Among U.S. Hockey Hall Class
CHN Staff Report
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Legendary coach Ron Mason, and former college stars Bill Guerin and Doug Weight, were among five people selected to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2013.
"This is a class that represents extraordinary contribution and success in many different areas of our sport," said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. "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."
Ron Mason won 924 games over a 36-season head-coaching career at Lake Superior State (1966-73), Bowling Green (1973-79) and Michigan State (1979-2002). That was the most in history until Jerry York surpassed him last year. Mason led LSSU to the NAIA national championship in 1972 and Michigan State to the NCAA national championship in 1986. Mason guided 22 of his teams (BGSU-1977-79, MSU-1982-90, 1992, 1994-2002) to the NCAA Tournament, tied for second-best all-time. On two occasions he led the Spartans to streaks of nine consecutive NCAA Tournament showings (1982-90, 1994-2002). He was also an architect of the CCHA in 1972, and the league, which just played its last season, named its postseason trophy in his honor. Mason, who served on both the NCAA Ice Hockey Committee and NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee during his storied career, served as MSU's director of athletics from 2002-07 following his coaching career. Mason is a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Michigan State, Lake Superior State and St. Lawrence Sports Halls of Fame.
Doug Weight, currently an assistant coach with the NHL's New York Islanders, played for Lake Superior from 1989-91. He stepped into the lineup of the New York Rangers, who had drafted him 34th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, and wound up playing 19 seasons in the NHL, including eight with the Edmonton Oilers. He won a Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006. In his last year, Weight captained the Islanders and received the 2011 King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and humanitarian contributions. In 1,238 career NHL games, Weight scored 278 times and racked up 755 assists. Weight also played for Team USA in three Olympic games (1998, 2002, 2006), three IIHF Men's World Championships (1993, 1994, 2005), two World Cups of Hockey (1996, 2004) and one IIHF World Junior Championship (1991). The 14 assists and 19 points that he notched for the 1991 U.S. National Junior Team are single-tournament records for the U.S. Later, he helped Team USA to the gold medal at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and received a silver medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Bill Guerin, who was an All-American at Boston College, 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. Picked fifth overall by the Devils in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, he played in New Jersey from 1991-97, winning the Stanley Cup in 1995. He had a career-high 41 goals for Boston in 2001-02. Guerin won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Penguins in 2009. When Guerin retired after the 2009-10 season he had earned 429 goals and 427 assists over his 1,263-game career. Additionally, Guerin was picked for four NHL All-Star Games (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007). He played for Team USA at seven major international events throughout his career, including three Olympic Winter Games (1998, 2002, 2006), two World Cups of Hockey (1996, 2004) and two IIHF World Junior Championships (1989, 1990). He collected an Olympic silver medal in 2002 and helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the 1996 World Cup.
The other two selections are Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, and women's hockey pioneer Cindy Curley. Karmanos, whose son Jason played at Harvard in the 1990s, is the retired chairman of the board for Detroit-based Compuware, a company that has sponsored one of America's most successful youth hockey programs of the same name. Karmanos also owns the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, the ECHL's Florida Everblades and several arenas.
Curley played 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. Curley also skated for Team USA at the 1992 and 1994 IIHF Women's World Championships and the 1995 IIHF Women's Pacific Rim Championship. Among the all-time leading scorers at Providence College, Curley was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.