December 4, 2013

Ron Mason and Doug Weight are inducted into USA Hockey Hall of Fame

Pictured (from left): Cindy Curley, Peter Karmanos Jr., Bill Guerin, Doug Weight and Ron Mason. Photo courtesy of USA Hockey

DETROIT, Mich. Cindy Curley (Hudson, Mass.), Bill Guerin (Worcester, Mass.), Peter Karmanos, Jr. (Detroit, Mich.), Ron Mason (East Lansing, Mich.) and Doug Weight (Warren, Mich.) were formally enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this evening during a sold-out ceremony held at Sound Board at Motor City Casino in Detroit, Mich.

The National Hockey League’s Lester Patrick Trophy was also presented to Kevin Allen (Wayne, Mich.) during this evening's 41st annual induction ceremony and dinner.

Quotes from the ceremony: 

"I'm grateful to play at the rec level before moving on to be fortunate to play at the college level and wear the USA jersey." –Cindy Curley, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013

"Ever since 1980, the Miracle on Ice, I had to play for U.S. I had to represent my country."–Bill Guerin, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013

"As a builder, you don't get many stats or achievements, but you get a lot of rewards seeing those players succeed." –Peter Karmanos, Jr., U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013

"You can't dream about these awards. It's special. It's great to see the quality and type of people that made the game better." –Ron Mason, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013

"Everyone I've crossed paths with has given me an incredible experience. I'm so humbled to share the stage with this class." –Doug Weight, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Quotes from hockey dignitaries in attendance: 

"There will always be journalism but it'll take on different forms. It's not about being first it's about being right."–Kevin Allen, 2013 Lester Patrick Trophy winner

"Kevin Allen remains the paragon of journalism. He is the voice of reason that rises above a critical media world."–Gary Bettman, National Hockey League Commisioner

“This is a very special evening and a shining example of the growth of hockey in the U.S. over the last several decades.” –Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey

Great careers are remembered -- USA Hockey.com

LSSU staff and alumni who attended the gala included (from left): LSSU Director of Athletics Kris Dunbar '92, Jeff Napierala '91, LSSU assistant hockey coach Doug Laprade '91, Weight, Mason, LSSU hockey coach Jim Roque '87, LSSU Foundation Director Tom Coates, Jason Trzcinski '96.