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Canes owner Peter Karmanos voted into US Hockey Hall of Fame

Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos was voted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos was voted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Chris Seward

Carolina Hurricanes majority owner Peter Karmanos Jr., who brought an NHL team to Raleigh and won the Stanley Cup in 2006, has been voted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Other named to the hall on Thursday were former Hurricanes forward Doug Weight, a member of the 2006 champs; former NHL all-star forward Bill Guerin; former Michigan State coach Ron Mason and women's international record-holder Cindy Curley.

Karmanos is the principal owner/governor and chief executive officer of the Hurricanes. He bought the Hartford Whalers in 1994, then relocated the franchise to North Carolina in 1997, renaming the team the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Canes reached the Stanley Cup finals in 2002, won the Cup in 2006, then reached the Eastern Conference finals in 2009. In 2009, the Hurricanes were ranked the top hockey franchise and second-ranked organization in sports by ESPN.

The Hurricanes hosted the 2011 NHL All-Star Game and the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Karmanos also owns the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League and Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

Weight came to the Hurricanes in January 2006 in a trade with the St. Louis Blues and played 23 regular-season games and 23 playoff games as the Canes took the Cup. A shoulder injury late in the Stanley Cup finals knocked him out of the last two games but he was able to lift the Cup after the Canes' Game 7 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

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