DETROIT (AP) — Doug Weight recalled his father putting him on skates at the age of 2 because he could barely walk due to a childhood condition that relegated him to wearing braces on his legs.
"He started putting me on the ice to strengthen them at the suggestion from a doctor," he said.
Weight said it wasn't a pretty sight at the rink in St. Clair Shores, Mich.
"I looked like Forrest Gump," he joked.
Four decades later, Weight was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
The Stanley Cup champion, three-time Olympian and four-time NHL All-Star was inducted Monday night at the Motor City Casino — in the city where he grew up.
"It's ironic," the Detroiter said. "Pretty special."
Weight was honored along with former teammate Bill Guerin, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, three-time Olympian and four-time All-Star.
"It's very special, three different NHL teams and nine teams in all," Weight said about the number of times he teamed up with Guerin. "It's a pretty incredible run together.
"It's icing on the cake to go in with Billy."
Weight and Guerin's wives and children have become friends over the years, going on vacations together and sharing holidays as families.
"It couldn't have worked out any better," Guerin said.
Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, former college coach Ron Mason and Cindy Curley, one of the pioneers in women's hockey, also were inducted.
USA Today Hockey Writer Kevin Allen was also given the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the U.S. at the event.
Weight and Guerin began their friendship before they were in the NHL and grew closer while playing together for the Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders. They also teamed up to play for their country on more than once occasion, including the 2002 Winter Olympics when they helped the Americans take the silver medal.