Dec. 2, 2013
Detroit, Mich. - Former Providence College women's ice hockey star, Cindy Curley '85, was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, today (Dec. 2) at Motor City Casino in Detroit, Mich. Curley was one of five individuals inducted during the ceremony, joining Bill Guerin, Peter Karmanos, Ron Mason and Doug Weight to make up the 2013 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction class.
Along with fellow Friar Cammi Granato '93, Curley is now the second individual woman inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. The only other women to have been inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame were the members of the 1998 Women's Olympic Team that took gold in Nagano, Japan, seven of which are former Friars.
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1973 and with the addition of the five inductees from tonight's ceremony, 161 members have been inducted to date.
"I was truly shocked to get the call from Dave Ogrean," Curley shared on the 2013 induction conference call. "I am both humbled and grateful to even be mentioned with such an impressive group of hockey players who are in the Hall of Fame. I am honored and thrilled to have been selected for this award."
Earlier this year, Curley was inducted into the PC Athletic Hall of Fame as one of the all-time leading scorers for the women's ice hockey team at Providence. Curley ranks third in all-time in scoring with 225 career points. She scored more than 60 points in two seasons for the Friars. She ranks fourth all-time on PC's goal scoring list with 110 goals and third on the school's all-time career assists list with 115.
She led the Friars to their first two ECAC Championship titles, scoring the title-winning goal in the ECAC Championship in 1984. She was one of the first women's hockey players to be named to the ECAC All-Star Team her senior season.
Curley played in the first women's international tournament, the 1987 World Championships, and then in the 1990, 1992 and 1994 World Championships. She was selected to the All-Tournament Team in 1990 and still holds the Team USA record for most points in an international tournament after scoring 23 that year. Curley also holds the title of being named the first captain of a U.S. Women's National Team.
"One of my favorite moments (of my career) was actually being selected as a member of the first world's team and getting the jersey and getting to play with so many outstanding players," Curley shared on her international experience. "That was one of the most special moments for me that first practice and getting to put on that U.S. jersey."
She was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002 for both her efforts as a player and after her retirement. Curley has also been involved with USA Hockey since her retirement as a player, including as an athlete director on the USA Hockey Board of Directors (1995-2006) and as a member of the organization's youth council (1999-2006), legal council (2005-07), girls/women's section (2000-05) and safety & protective equipment committee (2001-07). Additionally, she was a member of the U.S. Olympic Athlete Advisory Committee from 2005-08.
Last year, former Friar Lou Lamoriello was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Oct. 15, 2012. Lamoriello, while coaching on the men's side at Providence, played a key role in Curley's success while she was a member of the Providence College women's ice hockey team.
"The support from Providence College couldn't have been any better for women's hockey," Curley shared on her experience at Providence. "One of the most intimidating people I have ever met in my life was Lou, who at the time was the men's hockey coach. If something wasn't up to par in your game Lou would make sure he would send out some of his top guys to help correct it. For me it was tipping in pucks, I really didn't want to be hit with a slap shot so to encourage my development Lou would send out some of the guys players to basically take slap shots at me until I would stand there and tip them in."
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