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Copper Country Hockey Legends last name beginning with ...

  (players who have gone on to play PRO, Semi-Pro or College Hockey)

Joseph 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 canceled.  He 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. 

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Andy Haller, born 19-- in -- from .... played on the 1900-01 Portage Lake team....

Steve 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 Hanks supervising.

Brain 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.  

Brian Hannon
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Greg 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 1980-82

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."

Keith Harkonen
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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 1989-90.... need picture etc here

Carlos "Cub" 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. 

Mike 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.

Mike Hauswirth

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Robert A. Hauswirth, 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.

Bob Hauswirth

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Dr. Earl Hay, born 19-- in -- a Dentist from Canada, played on the 1900-01 Portage Lake team....

Paul 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.

   Paul Heinonen
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Bob 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.... need pics etc here

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 picture etc here

Ken 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

Kurt 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
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Guy Hembroff, born 19-- in -- from Hancock, played 1994-95 with UW-Superior. need picture etc here

Lori Hendra, 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 women's travel 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 2007-08 season.  

Chris Hendrickson

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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...

Don Hermanson, born 19-- in Hancock, played hockey for Michigan Tech 1958-60, 1961-62 and the Portage Lake Pioneers 1959-62. need picture etc here

William Milton "Riley" Hern,Riley Hern 2.jpg (9443 bytes) (1880-1929) one of the early Portage Lake players, born in St. Mary's, Ontario, he played goalie 3 seasons with the Portage Lakes 1903-06 and was IHL First Team All-Star selection in 1905. Riley then went on to lead the Montreal Wanderers to four consecutive Stanley Cup championships. Hern was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962. He played 11 seasons of organized and pro hockey from 1898-1911. 

Riley Hern 

Hern is featured in the first hockey cards ever produced, the C56 set printed in 1910-11; he is card number 22. 

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 here


 Barney Holden 1911-12 card

Photos courtesy of 
Daniel T. Holden

Barney Holden 1910-11 card

Barney Holden 1910-11 card
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Barney Holden Portage Lake team 1904-07
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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." Gillespie wrote. 

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
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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

Rylan Holombo, a Jeffers High School hockey player, plays for the local Finlandia University Hockey Team. need picture and info here

Sarah 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 HS. She 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.

Sarah Hood
1999 Team USA

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Bruce Horsch, 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).  He 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. 

Bruce Horsch


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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Jim Hosking

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!!

Joe Houle
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As part of the Copper Country Hockey Centennial project, Joe was interviewed by the Keweenaw National Historical Park; this tape is in their archives.


Brad 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 playing hockey for the Army, West Point, NY. Brad Howard
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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

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