December 3, 2013

U.S. HHOF inductees Guerin, Curley commend Lamoriello

By Joshua Kummins

Cindy Curley (Stow, Mass.), Peter Karmanos, Jr., Bill Guerin (Wilbraham, Mass.), Doug Weight and Ron Mason pose for a photo at a media meet and greet prior to their USA Hockey Hall of Fame induction. (Getty Images)

On Monday night, New England natives Bill Guerin (Worcester, Mass.) and Cindy Curley (Hudson, Mass.) were enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2013.

The ceremonies took place at Sound Board at Motor City Casino in Detroit. Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, college coaching legend Ron Mason and 19-year National Hockey League veteran "good guy" Doug Weight were also enshrined during the evening.

Guerin enjoyed an 18-year career in the NHL during the same exact period as Weight (1991-2010), playing for eight different teams, including the Boston Bruins. The two were teammates with the Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, and New York Islanders, the 1996 United States World Cup team, and during three Olympic Games.

Guerin spent two years at Boston College, collecting 70 points during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons under the great Len Ceglarski. He is the fifth BC representative to be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Curley was a four-year star at women's hockey pioneer Providence College.

She also played on the 1990 U.S. National Team that captured the silver medal in the first-ever IIHF Women's World Championship in Ottawa. In five games, she set IIHF tournament records with 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points.

“It was such an honor to put on the USA Hockey jersey,” Curley said. “It was hard to know what to expect because we hadn't had a team before, but every piece was outstanding. It wasn't fun losing to Canada, but the rest of it was great.”

Both Curley and Guerin commended New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello (Providence, R.I.), also a former athletic director and coach at PC, for his great contributions to their careers.

“Lou drafting me to New Jersey was everything I needed in my life,” Guerin said. “He’s always been there for me. He’s been a mentor, he’s been a disciplinarian. He’s been a friend. I cherish my relationship with him."

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