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Last night during a ceremony and dinner in Detroit, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inducted five new members to its prestigious ranks. Cindy Curley, Bill Guerin, Peter Karmanos, Jr., Ron Mason and Doug Weight are proud to be the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Also during the ceremony, Kevin Allen was presented with the National Hockey League’s Lester Patrick Trophy.

Some quotes from the ceremony include:

“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

“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

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum is located in Eveleth, Minn., and is open daily.

For more information, visit http://www.ushockeyhall.com/ and http://www.ushockeyhalloffame.com/

Born in the “non-traditional” hockey market of South Florida, Elizabeth (Beth) quickly grew to love the sport at a very young age after her Buffalo-bred family introduced her to the Sabres. High school friends who didn’t care about hockey couldn't understand her withdrawals during the 2004-05 lockout, but college would bring a hockey loving boyfriend (and best friend) to whom she could finally relate. A South Florida native himself, and an avid Florida Panthers fan, he got her into the home team. Together they work for their college hockey club (the FAU Owls), broadcasting games. Beth is a huge USA Hockey fan and hopes to see them win Olympic gold in her lifetime. Between her 2 favorite NHL teams, her college squad, and USA Hockey, it's hard to tell which team she loves most, but she is passionate about them all.

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