(players who have gone on to
play PRO, Semi-Pro or College Hockey)
Henry "Bad Joe" Hall, (1882-1919) born in Staffordshire, England and
was raised in Manitoba, Canada. played
for the Portage Lake team 1905-06 in the IHL and was named First Team All-Star
in 1906, scoring 33 goals in 20 games; he was a member of two Stanley Cup
winning teams, the Quebec Bulldogs. He died during the world wide flu epidemic during a Stanley Cup series (he was
with the Canadiens), this epidemic caused the 1919 Stanley Cup finals to be
cancelled, tied after game four. Hall died within days of the Cup series being
played 16 seasons from 1903 to 1919. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of
Fame in 1961. He was known as "Bad Joe" due to his penalties: in his
20 games with the Portage Lake team, he racked up 98 minutes of penalties. Hall
designed the Tackaberry hockey skate in 1905 with his neighbor from Brandon,
Manitoba, a shoe maker named George Tackaberry. They designed a custom leather
boot featuring a reinforced toe and heel, the skate design became better known as
"Tacks" when purchased by CCM.
"Bad Joe" Hall
Andy Haller, born 19-- in -- from .... played on
the 1900-01 Portage Lake team....
Hagwell, born 1962 in Hancock, growing up in South Range, he played youth
hockey here and graduated from Michigan Tech University. Steve currently serves as Acting
Commissioner of the Eastern
College Athletic Conference Division I Men's and Women's Hockey Leagues, one of the nation's six Division I Hockey
Conferences. A member of the ECAC staff since 1999, Hagwell formerly held the
position of Associate Commissioner for Hockey with the league. He oversees all
functions of league administration, including policies, scheduling,
officiating, marketing, public relations, sponsorship and broadcast services.
Prior to joining the ECAC, Hagwell was on staff at the National Collegiate
Athletic Association as assistant manager of publishing
where he served as liaison to the Men’s Ice Hockey Rules
Committee and NCAA Baseball Research Panel. He also was
responsible for supervising a staff of editors.
Prior to joining the NCAA, Hagwell spent time on the
sports information staffs as the University of Kentucky,
University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse and University of Florida. He got his
start volunteering weekends for home hockey PR here at Michigan Tech with Denise
Hannon, born 1965 in
Clinton? NY, set season and career scoring records at Clinton High School,
before going to Northwood School in Lake Placid, NY; he played Michigan Tech Hockey (1983-88)
and was a member of the US Junior National Team in 1985. He played 11
seasons (1988-2001) of pro hockey in the US and Europe where he was also
player/assistant coach; he was the
Coach & General Manager of the Springfield,
MO Spirit Jr A Hockey team (NAHL) 2001-2003. He is the
assistant coach of the Finlandia University Men's Hockey Team 2003 to currently.
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Harkonen, born 19--
in -- a native of
nearby South Range, Michigan, played local Jr hockey and for
Jeffers High School in nearby Painesdale, and then for Michigan Tech 1981-82. or
Keith Harkonen, born 1957 in
Hancock, and a native of nearby South Range, "played junior hockey in the
CCJHA beginning as a Squirt when he was 10 years old. He was fascinated by
the sport of hockey when he was brought to games and practices at the Dee
Stadium by his grandfather, Wilford Kantola. Wilford owned and operated
Kivi’s IGA in South Range and would do business with Cohodas-Paoli regularly
next to the Dee Stadium. This gave him the opportunity to bring his
grandsons with him and “stop off” at the Dee to watch some hockey action.
Keith spent a lot of his young days skating. He was given his first
opportunity to play hockey when South Range neighbor Doug Morin invited him to
join his son Mike at squirt practice. At this point, Keith never played
the game and had a lot to learn. His first team was the squirt Bruins.
As his ambition grew to learn the game, he worked hard at skills and knowledge.
He never forgets his first “early morning” open ice session at the Dee with
Joe Bukovich. “Joe Buk” seemed to always be at the rink
“diddling” and told Keith to work hard at the game and always play with the
“bigger” guys, as that is how you learn your best. Joe was very
special with kids that had a strong “thirst” for the game. He knew how
to teach the game and was a great skate sharpener. Keith went on to play with
junior “traveling teams” through Bantams. He played from 1968 through
1972 with: Lauren Grove, Northern Auto, Tervo Agency, Gundlach and Hancock
Rotary. With the dream of playing High School hockey and not having a team
at Jeffers High School where Keith schooled, he almost worked out a deal to go
to Houghton High School and play for Don Miller’s team, joining some of his
junior hockey team buddies at the High School ranks. But the parents of
the local hockey playing kids felt they had enough talent in the surrounding
“Range area” to put together a high school team at Jeffers High School.
And so, the Jeffers High School hockey program began in the 1973 school year.
Keith played 3 years of high school hockey for Jeffers: 1973, 1974 and 1975,
graduating in 1975. He co-captained and captained the teams. He will never
forget the first game against the Calumet Copper Kings and getting beat 12 –
0. He doesn’t remember getting many shots on Calumet’s goal, but
remembers Jeffers goaltender Jim Kilmer’s locker room comments on the amount
of “rubber” he saw in that first game as a Jet!
| Keith went on to play 4
years of collegiate hockey 1975-79 at UW-Superior. He was recruited with the help
of Dave Witting who played there earlier. As a freshman, the UW-Superior
Yellowjackets hockey team was the NAIA National Champions. Keith was team
captain in his junior and senior years and was inducted into the UW-Superior
Hall of Fame as a member of the 1976 Yellowjackets NAIA National Champions team.
Keith has resided in the Green Bay, WI area for over 20 years now and coached De
Pere peewees. He also played for the De Pere Deacons 1980 – 1984.
He has been married for over 17 years and has two children, Brandon and Brent."
Kevin Harkonen, born 19-- in
Hancock and a native of nearby South Range, played local Jr hockey and for
Jeffers High School in nearby Painesdale. He went on to hockey play for Kent State, Ohio
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Haug, born 18-- in -- of Houghton, a
"proficient" hockey player himself as a member of the American Amateur
Hockey Association Champions 2 seasons and many years as an official in the AAHA, coached high school and junior
hockey and later coached
three seasons at Michigan Tech, 1926-29.
Hauswirth, born 19-- in -- was a 4 year player at Hancock High School under Rick Miller and
lead his team to the State Finals in 1987, which was the first time that Hancock High made
it to the finals in recent years. He then played with Michigan Tech 1989-1992. Mike was the Captain/Player Coach of the local Portage
Lake Pioneers Senior A Men's team when in 1999, they won the Senior Men's National Championship. He also helped coach the local Midget AAA
"Superior Blizzard" for their annual Spring Tournament in 1998. He
currently helps coach local youth travel hockey teams.
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born 1938 in Hancock, started skating on the West Hancock rink when he
was about 7 years old. When the Laurn Grove rink opened up, he started skating
there with the Laurn Grove teams. While still in high school, as a Junior and
Senior, he was a member of the Portage Lake Pioneers Men's team 1954-57 and
again in 1960-61 when the Pioneers won the Gibson Cup. "As a young kid in high
school, getting to play with the Bukovich brothers (Joe and Tony)...it was
really big for us," says Hauswirth. "There was also Paul Coppo, who was an
All-American at Tech, and Tony played with the Detroit Red Wings. It was quite
an honor just having the opportunity to play with them. They were the ones that
coached us and helped us and sent quite a few of us on to college hockey."
Bob played hockey for Michigan Tech 1957-60 and was a member of the Huskies'
1960 NCAA Runner-up Team. Bob helped reorganize the local High School hockey
league in the early 1970's. He coached the Hancock High
School team from 1968-73 until he became the first rink manager of the Michigan
Tech's new John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. He played hockey in Green Bay
for a year until his job transferred him back home here again. Bob is in the Michigan Tech Sports
Hall of Fame and has been an active member of the MTU Blueline Club for over 30
years. As part of the Copper Country Hockey Centennial project, Bob was
interviewed by the Keweenaw
National Historical Park; this tape is in their archives.
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Dr. Earl Hay, born 19-- in -- a Dentist from
Canada, played on the 1900-01 Portage Lake team....
Heinonen, born 19-- in -- played
on the 1963-64 Laurn Grove National Juvenile Championship Hockey team, and also
on the Portage Lake Flyers when they won the Gibson Cup in 1970-71. He went to
school at the University of Wisconsin Superior then coached the Hancock High
School Hockey team for 8 years with Doug Hembroff 1973-79. He retired from
teaching at Hancock HS after 28 years.
Helminen, born 1984 in Calumet; he played with Bozeman (AWHL),
Cleveland Barons (NAHL) and in 2004-05 he played for D1 Northern Michigan University, CCHA....
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Jim Helminen, born 19-- in -- a Calumet High
School hockey player, he then played for Orlando (SJHL) and now plays for the local Finlandia University Hockey Team. need
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Helminen, born 19-- in -- a Calumet native,
played hockey with Michigan Tech 1976-78 and he has been a ref in the WCHA. need picture etc here
Helminen, born 19-- in -- a Calumet native, played hockey for Michigan Tech 1974-76. need
picture etc here
Matt Helminen, born 19-- in -- of Calumet, is a
center and right wing. During his four-year career at Calumet High School, he
had 77 goals and 78 assists for 155 points. During his sophomore and senior
years, he received All-Conference and All-State honors. Helminen also was team
captain his senior year and a member of the 2003 State Championship Calumet High
School team. During the 2000-01 season, in a game vs Ironwood, Matt scored 2 hat
tricks; 6 goals in one game, a record number for Calumet HS. Matt now plays for
Finlandia University in Hancock: 2003-present.
|Doug Hembroff, born 19-- in -- lives in Hancock, was the Hancock HS head
hockey coach 1972-73?, and the assistant coach for ---- years; he played
on the Portage Lake team 19--to--...
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| Doug Hembroff
Hembroff, born 19-- in -- from Hancock, played 1994-95 with UW-Superior. need picture etc
born 1974 in Calumet, learned to skate here in the Copper Country alongside her
brothers and dad, but girls weren't allowed to play hockey with the boys teams
at that time. However, in her senior year at Calumet high school, Lori won the
George Gipp award, having earned 11 athletic letters: 4 volleyball, 3
basketball, 3 golf, 1 track. After
high school, Lori attended college at Ferris State University, Traverse City,
and while there, she played with a
hockey team, the Traverse City Chiefs for 3 years.
Lori went on to play EDAC D III hockey for 3 years from 1998 to 2000 for the
Sacred Heart Univ Pioneers of Fairfield, Conn. Their 1998-99 winning season
had 12 EDAC wins, the most the school has ever had. Hendra was named
captain her last year and was the leading scorer. The next season she was
assistant coach at Sacred Heart. While attending graduate school, she played for
Team Connecticut. need picture(s) here ...
Chris Hendrickson, born 19-- in -- played local junior hockey, played for
the local Midget AAA Ojibwa Eagles team from 200- to 200-, then he played in the
NAHL for the Alpena Ice Diggers and one game with the Bozeman Icedogs in the
2005-06 season. Chris plays for the local Finlandia University team from 2007 to
currently where he earned the Most Improved Player honor at the end of the
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Mike Hendrickson, born 19--, in
-- Lake Linden? played junior hockey with Calumet and then with UW-Superior
1975-79. need picture and info...
Hermanson, born 19-- in Hancock,
played hockey for Michigan Tech 1958-60, 1961-62 and the Portage Lake Pioneers 1959-62.
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Jack John S. Hicok, born 19-- from Hancock,
went on to be "Captain and one of the star players" on the Notre Dame hockey
team in the 1926-27 season. The DMG 16 Jan 1927 said he "rates as one of the
flashiest forwards in collegiate hockey circles." need pic and info
Barney Holden 1911-12 card
Photos courtesy of
Daniel T. Holden
|Barney Holden 1910-11 card
Barney Holden 1910-11 card
Barney Holden Portage Lake team 1904-07
Barney Holden (1881-1948) one of the early Portage Lake players on the
1904-07 teams, born in
Winnipeg, "was the
greatest cover point of all time" According to N.J. Gillespie, writer for
the Winnipeg Tribune Magazine, March 11, 1933. Gillespie tells of watching
Barney play in Houghton as a youth, and said in the article that Holden would
"stand at his position as cover point, now about where the blue line is
located, and "laze" a puck over the heads of all and sundry
that would find the goal, every time, unless the goal guard was lucky enough to
see it coming and block it."
"In those days of early hockey, the lighting system
was not so good, and when you shot a puck into the air nobody could see
it. I have seen "Barney" score goal after goal by shooting a
high one the length of the rink that would nestle in the net without the goalie
ever knowing it was coming. In the season of 1906-07, playing against the
Pittsburgh pro team, in the first five minutes of the second half a player's
skate ripped his [Holden's] shoe wide open. He played more than 25 minutes of
hockey until the game was ended. When he reached the dressing room, this youth
[Gillespie] was there to wait on him, as usual, and drew off his shoe and poured
blood out of the shoe. A surgeon took seven stitches in his foot that
night." "In those days, hockey players played 30 minutes, and after a
10 minute rest they played 30 more minutes. And if they were hurt enough
to have to leave the game, they couldn't get back into the lineup. Unless they
were knocked out so cold they had to be carried off the ice, they always stayed
in the line up. Those surely were the days of the he-man hockey, mates."
| After three seasons with the Portage Lake team, Holden went
on to play for the Winnipeg Maple Leafs of the Manitoba Professional Hockey
League, "it was [his] asthma that forced him to hang up his skates",
although he played some semi-pro baseball after hockey and was active coaching
his 5 sons (and 1 daughter) hockey and baseball team city leagues. Holden is featured in the first hockey cards ever produced, the C56 set
printed in 1910-11; he is card number 4.
|Dec 3rd 1937 Hockey Alumni game
Standing L-R: T Hooper, CL Boucher,
Barney Holden, F
McCullough, F Patrick -Coach, B Morris, F Fredrickson, F Foysten, Fred
Taylor, Si Griffiths, L Hana.
Kneeling L-R: G Irvine -Ref, Roy Rickey, Art Jeeford -Mgr, C Shapper -Ref,
Mic Mackay, Walker, M Johnston.
Photo courtesy of Daniel T. Holden
Holombo, a Jeffers High School hockey
player, plays for the local Finlandia University Hockey Team. need picture and
Hood, born 1976 in Marquette, lived in nearby Keweenaw Bay, played hockey in the local Junior
hockey leagues and for L'Anse High School
where she gained All-Conference and All-State Honors as a Senior at L'Anse
then played 4 seasons at Dartmouth College where she was a high scoring
forward, earning All-American,
First Team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and First
Team All-Ivy League
honors after leading the team in scoring as a junior and senior.
Sarah was also a member of the U.S.
National team that competed in the World Championships in Finland
and one of the three finalists for the first Patty Kazmaier
Memorial Award, the women's version
of the Hobey Baker Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of
the most outstanding player in women's intercollegiate ice hockey each
season. After graduation, Sarah
served as the first Commissioner for the
ECAC's Women's Division I hockey
league 2001-2003. She has been inducted into Dartmouth College's
Athletic Hall of Fame and plays in
a women's Senior A league in Massachusetts.
1999 Team USA
born 1956 in Red Wing or ?Hastings,
Minnesota, played for Michigan Tech 1974-78 and was a player
with the US National Olympic Team in 1979-1980; he was
a goalie on the Michigan Tech hockey team that won the National Championship in
1974 -75 and was the runner-up in 1975-76. He went on to play with Nova Scotia
(AHL); Flint (IHL); and Toledo (IHL).
was Asst Coach at Ferris State University 1980-84; Asst Coach
for Michigan Tech 1985-96; Manager of the MTU Hockey Development Center 1985-96;
and Athletic director of Houghton High School 1996-present.
Jim Hosking, born in 19-- in --,
of Calumet, played for the CLK Wolverines Senior team at the age of 16 while he
was a Junior in High School. In
1970-71, Jim played with UW-Superior.
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DMG 13 March 1969
|Joe Houle, born August 24, 1917
in Hancock, one of 12 children including 6 boys. He played goalie for the Car
Barn Bandits until he "was sold to the Hancock Rangers for a case of
beer" (according to Joe). During
a Portage Lake game, he was called out of the stands to play goalie. He served
in WWII from 1941-1945, and after so many years off the ice while at war, he did
not return to playing but he was asked to coach the Laurn Grove Hockey team. He
coached this team for xx years, wining xx National Championships: xxxx. A
number, of his players went on to play on National teams and in the Olympics
and for the Pros. Joe retired from coaching in the late 1960s when High School
hockey started; the same age Laurn Grove team players went to HS teams. A
local hockey enthusiast quotes: "From the 1950s through the 1960s Joe Houle
coached practically EVERY great hockey player that this area has produced.
He was the coach of such notables as Dave Witting, Leo Durocher, Don Miller,
Mike Gorman.... The question to ask Joe is, "who didn't you
coach." Also, Joe was a very prominent player in his own day.
Along with that, his sons and grand sons were great players in their respective
days. Joe is currently in his 80s, and is in excellent shape mentally and
physically...." Thanks Joe, for all you have done for our area youth!!
As part of the Copper Country Hockey Centennial project,
Joe was interviewed by the Keweenaw
National Historical Park; this tape is in their archives.
Howard, born 1983 in Holland, Michigan, a Hancock HS Hockey player for four years, and member of the 1999
State Championship High School team, he was a 3 time All-Conference pick, 2
time All-State performer and Academic All-Stater twice. After graduating
in 2001, Brad went on to play for the Metro Jets Jr B
team (CSHL) then the Springfield, MO (NAHL) Jr A team for 2 years where he
was assistant captain and leading scorer, his 26 assists were a team high.
He was voted MVP and had his jersey number retired. Brad is currently
for the Army, West
Bryan Howard, a Hancock HS Hockey player for four years,
played during a season for Michigan Tech, and currently is a hockey ref as he
finishes his degree there. need picture etc here