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Mass. natives Guerin, Curley headline '13 US Hockey HOF class

Posted by Staff  July 25, 2013 09:40 AM

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The US Hockey Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2013 Thursday morning, headlined by Massachusetts’ natives Bill Guerin and Cindy Curley.

Guerin and Curley are joined in the class by Peter Karmanos, Jr., Ron Mason, and Doug Weight; all five will be inducted to the Hall, located in Eveleth, Minn., later this year, the details of which are to be announced later this summer.

“This is an extraordinary class that each have contributed in a remarkable fashion to the advancement of our sport,” said USA Hockey President Ron DeGregorio. “It's a truly remarkable collection of individuals, all so very deserving of earning the pinnacle of accomplishment in hockey in the U.S.”

Guerin, a native of Worcester and Wilbraham, played 18 years in the NHL from 1991-2010 with eight different teams, winning the Stanley Cup in 1995 with the New Jersey Devils, and again in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The former Boston College star was a four time NHL All-Star, was named MVP of the 2001 All-Star Game, and scored 429 goals and 427 assists over 1,263 games in his NHL career.

Guerin’s playing career also included stops with the Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, and New York Islanders. He earned NHL Second Team All-Star recognition for the 2001-02 season when he scored 41 goals and 25 assists with the Bruins.

Internationally, Guerin played for the US in seven major tournaments, including the 1998, 2002, and 2006 Winter Olympics, helping the US to a silver medal in 2002. He also won a gold medal with the US at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

Curley, a native of Hudson and star hockey player at Providence College, was instrumental in the early days of US Women’s hockey, playing in the inaugural IIHF Women’s World Championships in 1990, where she scored 11 goals and 12 assists in five games for the US. She also played on the 1992 and 1994 World Championships teams, as well as the 1995 IIHF Women’s Pacific Rim Championship.

Since retiring from her playing career, Curley served as an athletic director of the USA Hockey Board of Directors from 1995-2006; as a member of the organization's youth council from 1999-2006; on the legal council from 2005-07; on the girls/women's section from 2000-05; and on the safety and protective equipment committee from 2001-07.

Curley was also a member of the US Olympic Athlete Advisory Committee from 2005-2008. She was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002, as well as inducted into the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

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