Doug Weight recalled his father putting him on skates at the age of 2 because he could barely walk because of 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...