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by George Malik on 11/27/13 at 04:25 AM ET
The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame's inductions are being held in Detroit this upcoming Monday because Warren's Doug Weight and one Peter Karmanos are part of the 2013 induction class.
Karmanos, whose Compuware hockey program's helped shape the face of developmental hockey in Metro Detroit, and whose Plymouth Whalers are nothing less than a Major Junior powerhouse, poke with NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale about both estabishing the Hurricanes as thriving NHL team and the roots of his passion for hockey-buidling in Metro Detroit:
After graduating Wayne State University in Detroit in 1973, he founded Compuware with partners Thomas Thewes and Allen Cutting. He eventually co-founded the Detroit Compuware Hockey organization in the late 1970s with Thewes. Detroit Compuware still includes all levels of hockey from recreational to AAA and Junior A. The program has produced many NHL stars over the years, including Pat LaFontaine, Al Iafrate, Mike Modano, Eric Lindros and Kevin Hatcher. To this day, Karmanos still considers his involvement in building Detroit Compuware hockey from the ground up his greatest achievement.
"I really feel very strongly that starting our Compuware youth teams was one of the catalysts of getting American kids past the point of saying, 'I can't compete with the Canadian kids,'" he said. "Compuware, along with the other Detroit program, Little Caesars, were able to really put youth hockey on the map in America. People started saying, 'Wow, something is going on.'
"Being a part of that was an accomplishment, and we didn't get a lot of encouragement about doing that and I knew at that point in time we had some very special kids that certainly would be able to play at the NHL level. I take a lot of pride in putting together that type of program."
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