Guerin, Weight Among Five Elected to U.S. Hockey Hall of FameMichael Buteau
Former New Jersey Devils right wing Bill Guerin and New York Rangers center Doug Weight are among five people selected for induction to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
The hall, in Eveleth, Minnesota, honors players and individuals who contributed to hockey in the U.S., unlike the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, which honors people who contributed to the sport anywhere.
Guerin, a 42-year-old Massachusetts native, played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League, including six with the Devils, who drafted him fifth overall out of Boston College in 1989. He won the Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 1995 and Pittsburgh in 2009. Guerin registered 429 goals with 427 assists over 1,263 games. He also played for Boston, Dallas, St. Louis and San Jose and represented the U.S. in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Olympics and the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
Weight, a second-round draft pick of the Rangers in 1990, played 19 seasons in the NHL, including eight with the Edmonton Oilers. He also played with St. Louis, Carolina -- winning a Stanley Cup in 2006 -- and Anaheim before finishing his career with the New York Islanders. A play-making center, Weight compiled 755 assists along with 278 goals in 1,238 NHL games. He played for the U.S. in nine international competitions, including the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Olympics.
Cindy Hurley, a pioneering member of the U.S. Women’s National Team and the all-time women’s scoring leader at Rhode Island’s Providence College, also will be inducted along with Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. and U.S. college coach Ron Mason, who amassed 924 coaching wins over a 36 years. The win total of Mason, who coached Michigan State for 23 years, ranks second to Boston College coach Jerry York’s 935.