Former NHL star Bill Guerin (Wilbraham, Mass.) and U.S. women’s pioneer Cindy Curley (Hudson, Mass.) are among the five people being inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame later this year, USA Hockey announced late last month.
Longtime NHL star Doug Weight, Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos and college coaching legend Ron Mason also are part of the five-member class.
Guerin was a two-time Stanley Cup champion and four-time NHL All-Star during his 18-year NHL career, which also included winning a silver medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He won Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils (1995) and Pittsburgh Penguins (2009).
The former Boston College star scored 429 goals and added 427 assists over 1,263 games in his NHL career, which also included stints with the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders.
Curley was a standout player at Providence College and played in the inaugural IIHF Women’s World Championship in 1990, where she put up 11-12-23 scoring totals in five games. She also played on the 1992 and 1994 World Championship teams.
She was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.
Mason, the legendary coach at Michigan State who stepped down in 2002, held the record for all-time wins by a college hockey coach (924) until that mark was surpassed by BC coach Jerry York (Watertown, Mass.) last December.
Blake, Will get GM jobs
Former Los Angeles Kings captain and defenseman Rob Blake has been named the assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Kings and will oversee the operations of the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ top affiliate in the American Hockey League.
Blake — the Kings’ all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points by a defenseman — replaces Ron Hextall, who is leaving the Kings organization to take a front-office position with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Blake played 20 NHL seasons with the Kings (1990-2001 and 2006-08), the San Jose Sharks (2008-10) and the Colorado Avalanche (2001-06), where he won a Stanley Cup in 2001. He recorded 777 points in 1,270 regular-season games.
Also, Sharks Sports & Entertainment announced last month that Joe Will has been appointed general manager of the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, overseeing the hockey operations, and Jon Gustafson has been promoted to vice president, responsible for business operations.
Chace earns Paralympic nod
Defenseman Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.) was named to the 18-player roster for the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that will compete in the Paralympic Games next March in Sochi, Russia.
The team was selected following a two-day tryout last month that included 67 players in Williamsville, N.Y. The roster features 10 forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders.
Nine players return from the U.S. squad that captured the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver, including Chace, who was named the best defenseman in the Games.
Ice Breaker to Portland
The University of Maine will host the 2015 Ice Breaker Tournament at the Cumberland Country Civic Center in Portland, Maine, it was announced last month.
College Hockey Inc., which manages the event on behalf of the Hockey Commissioner’s Association, made the announcement last month.
The 2015 Ice Breaker will be the 19th year of the tournament. Maine hosted the event in 2001 at Alfond Area.
The Cumberland Country Civic Center is currently undergoing a $33 million renovation that voters approved in 2011. Phase I was recently completed and Phase II is expected to be completed later this winter.