Canes’ Karmanos named to Hockey Hall of Fame

Peter Karmanos Jr.,, owner of the Carolina Hurricanes
Peter Karmanos Jr.,, owner of the Carolina Hurricanes

The Hockey Hall of Fame announced Monday that Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has been selected for induction to the Hall in the category of Builder.

The Hockey Hall of Fame defines a Builder as an individual who has contributed to the development of the game of hockey, moving the game forward.

Karmanos, 72, has been involved in hockey for 40 years and has been especially involved in youth hockey.

He created the Compuware Youth Hockey Program in the 1970s, a system that has since produced 15 national championships, 34 state championships, 235 Division I scholarship hockey players and 14 NHL first-round draft picks, according to a Hurricanes news release.

Alumni of Compuware youth hockey include Eric Lindros, Pat Peake, Pat LaFontaine, Mike Modano, Brian Rolston, David Legwand, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Hatcher, Derian Hatcher and Jacob Trouba.

Karmanos acquired the NHL’s Hartford Whalers, on June 28, 1994, and relocated the franchise to Raleigh, in 1997. Since their arrival in North Carolina, the Carolina Hurricanes have captured three division titles (1999, 2002, 2006), two Eastern Conference championships (2002, 2006) and the 2006 Stanley Cup.

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