W. "Nick" Kahler (1891-1983) born in nearby Dollar Bay,
played amateur hockey here in the Copper Country. He moved on to play
hockey with the Duluth Curling Club 1913-1914, then formed the St. Paul
Athletic Club 1914-1920. He was player/coach of the 1914-15 St. Paul
Athletic Club when they entered the Western Division of the American Amateur
Hockey Association, the highest level of hockey in the states at that time.
The following year, he lead his team as Captain to the Championship of the League
bringing home the famous MacNaughton Cup.
From 1920-1927 & 1936-1937 he played for the Minneapolis Millers, and for
Augsburg College 1927-1928. He was selected for the 1920 Olympic Team, but
for financial reasons, he did not play; he was also selected to coach the
Augsburg College Team to represent the United States in the 1928 Olympics,
but a decision was made not to send a team that year. In addition to hockey,
in Minneapolis he founded Golden Gloves boxing; he was inducted into the
Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame in 1962. He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey
Hall of Fame (Administrators Division) in 1980.
St.Paul Athletic Club 1915-16
MacNaughton Cup Winners
Photo Courtesy of Robert Kokko.
Standing L-R: unk, Alex Wellington, unk, Ed Fitzgerald, Hugh
Gawley -Coach, Tony Conroy.
Kneeling L-R: Nick Kahler -Captain, unk.
Others on team: Ray Bonney -goalie, Cy Weidenborner -bkup goalie, Bill Adams
(bro to Jack Adams), Bert Mohan, Am Whalen, Frank Goheen, Jack Ryan. (Ryan
and Weidenborner replaced Wellington and Bonney late in the season when they
were taken away by "attractive offers" from the Pittsburgh team.)
| "Nick" Kaiser, Jr. born 19-- in
? played High School hockey for Houghton 1923-26 and went on to play R.D. hockey
for Michigan State 1926-27. The following season, Kaiser played for
Michigan Tech hockey. Mr. Kaiser was the Houghton Country Road
Commissioner and was an active supporter of local youth hockey when the
junior hockey program started in the 1940s and 1950s. (His brother, Jake
Kaiser, was the fire chief in Calumet for many years.)
Michigan College of Mines
Back Row L-Rt: Coach Haug, Doug Tesen, Tubba Gilles, Paul
Pesonen -capt, Nick Kaiser, "Cop"
Front Row L-Rt: Bill Karvela, Homer Humphrey -Trainer, "Curley"
Ray Kolehmainen, Burr Collins -Mgr, Peg Ollila.
Slip on MCM jersey vests missing.
Picture in the New Amphidrome rebuilt in 1927.
Photo courtesy of Kolehmainen family.
Eric Kattelus, born 1987 in Traverse City, Michigan, and
played with the local Midget AAA team, the
Ojibwa Eagles for 2 seasons
he graduated from Houghton High School. He played for the Bismark
Bobcats in 2005-06 in the NAHL where he scored 35 goals, 40 A in 50
games and was named the NAHL Rookie of the Year. He played the 2006-07
season with the Indiana Ice in the USHL where he scored 18 goals, 21 A
in 50 games, helping them advance to the semi final games of the USHL
Clark Cup playoffs. He went on to play D1 hockey with Michigan Tech from
2007 to present; where he lead the Michigan Tech Freshman with 10 points
his first year.
need picture of Eric in uniform here
Michigan Tech University 2008-09
Front Row (L to R): Rob Nolan, Alex Lord, Derek Kitti,
Malcolm Gwilliam, John Schwarz, Geoff Kinrade, Justin St. Louis, Alex
Gagne, Ryan Angelow, Josh Robinson Middle Row: Peter Rohn, John Kivisto,
Eric Kattelus, Ryan Bunger, Bennett Royer, Assistant Coach Chris
Tok, Head Coach Jamie Russell, Assistant Coach Pat Mikesch, Mike
VanWagner, Deron Cousens, Drew Dobson, Eli Vlaisavljevich, Jordan Baker,
Back Row: Trainer Chris Ipson, Strength and Conditioning Coach Kyle
Bangen, Bryce Reddick, Mikael Lickteig, Alex MacLeod, Ricky Doriott,
Seth Soley, Brett Olson, Corson Cramer, Video Coordinator Jonathan
Hamilton, Student Manager Corey Rastello
Photo courtesy of MTU
Dale Kero born 19-- in Calumet?
he played for UW-Superior. He also was a ref in the WCHA....
Jay Kero, born 19-- in -- of Calumet played
need picture etc here
Kestner, born 19-- in -- a Houghton native, played hockey for Michigan Tech 1953-54 and
1957-58?. need picture etc here
Kestner, born 19-- in -- a Houghton native, and long time Houghton City Manager, played
Michigan Tech 1951-54. need picture etc here
Derek Peder Kitti, from Laurium, was born 1985 in Iron Mountain,
Michigan, played one year of high school hockey for Calumet, gaining
All-Great Lakes Conference and All-State Honorable Mention honors and
participated in the 2002 USA Hockey Select 17 Festival. He then played 2
seasons with Springfield Spirit in the NAHL, where he made 20 goals and
20 assists in 102 games with Springfield. He went on to play D1 hockey
Michigan Tech University from 2005-09, where he earned WCHA Academic
Team 3 years running.
Video of Kitti after his hat trick January 9, 2010 for the Calumet
Wolverines in the Great Lakes Hockey League. need pics of Derek in
Michigan Tech University 2007-08
Front Row (L to R): Assistant Coach Chris Tok, Assistant
Coach Pat Mikesch, Peter Rouleau, Jordan Foote, John Schwarz, Jimmy
Kerr, Tyler Shelast, Mark Malekoff, Jake Wilkens, Head Coach Jamie
Russell, Volunteer Assistant Coach Randy McKay; Middle Row: Trainer
Chris Ipson, Student Manager Shawn Doll, Rob Nolan, Geoff Kinrade, Alex
Gagne, Michael-Lee Teslak, Malcolm Gwilliam, Justin St. Louis, Mike
VanWagner, Derek Kitti, Alex Lord, Ryan Angelow, Strength and
Conditioning Coach Kyle Bangen; Back Row: Student Manager Corey Rastello,
Jordan Baker, Eli Vlaisavljevich, Deron Cousens, Eric Kattelus, Ryan
Bunger, Bennett Royer, Drew Dobson, John Kivisto, Kevin Hachey, Video
Coordinator Jonathan Hamilton.
Photo courtesy of MTU
Kitti, (19-- to 19--) born in --, grew up playing hockey in the
Calumet area. He was on the 1931 Tamarack Falcons when they won the U.P.
Championship and were winners of the Hawks Trophy. He later played pro
hockey with the Detroit Pontiac McLeans in 1938-39.
in a Pontiac jersey
(1908-1995) born in Hancock, played defense for the University of
Michigan 1932-33 season, then Ike played with Detroit teams in the Michigan-Ontario
HL for 3 seasons before being picked up by the Chicago Black Hawks
(1936-37) for 5 games, getting a goal and an assist. The 1936-37 season was when
the Chicago Black Hawks owner, Major Frederick McLaughlin, decided he was going
to play with an All-American team, made up of players only born in the US. He
also said he planned to name his team the "Yankees" for the following
season. Other teams in the league protested saying that drawing a game
against the All-American team would "be an easy win" and make the game
standings unfair. The following season, the 5 All-Americans were cut from
the team. Klingbeil then played with the Portage Lake team in the NMHL. Ike
was recognized as an iron-man hockey player,
often playing entire games. He
was Captain of the Portage Lake team in 1938-39 when they won the NMWHL
Championship and the Gibson Cup. He served in WWII and when he returned, once
again played hockey: he was Captain of the Portage Lake team in
1947-48 when they were the MOWHL Champions and won the Gibson Cup. In 1940, he was named to the NMHL Second All Star
Team. He was inducted into the UP
Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.
"Ike" Ernest Klingbeil
courtesy of LostHockey.com
George Koivuniemi, born 19-- in CLK?, played with the 1937-38 Calumet
Olympics when they won the
MacNaughton Cup and won the Michigan State A.A.U. Championship. In
1938-39, he played with the Calumet Laurium Chevrolets. He went on to play
pro hockey with the EAHL Baltimore Orioles hockey team in 1940-41 and the
AHL Washington Lions in 1941-42.
Kolehmainen or "Red" or "Cotton" aka Kohlehinen, Kohlman,
(1903-1975) was born in Hancock, Michigan and lived in nearby Ripley, a
small town on Portage Lake. He was called by a number of
nick names in place of his long family name.
Curly played hockey with the Portage Lake teams
1924-1928 and also for the MTU Huskies 1927-28. He was playing on the
1927-28 Portage Lake Cubs hockey team when they won the U.P Championship.
After that he played for
the Gogebic Rangers -Ironwood when they were the 1929 Champions of the AAHS.
The next year, he
played with the Hancock HC -when they were the 1930 AHA Champions winning the MacNaughton
(During the 1930-31 season a "Red Coleman" played for the San
Francisco Tigers of the CalHL, we think this is the same Curly.)
played with Trois Rivieres (Three Rivers) -Quebec, ECHA -PL;
St Paul Saints in 1932-33;
in 1933-34 for the Duluth
Hornets in the CHL;
and in the 1934-35 for the Baltimore
Orioles in the EHL;
1938-39 Portage Lake Elks the NMW winner of the Gibson
Cup; and was playing for the Portage Lake team in 1948 when they won
the League Championship and the Gibson Cup, so his hockey career
spanned many years!
Michigan College of Mines
Top Row L-R: MCM Coach Carlos Haug, Douglas Tesen, Ted
Nelson, Curly Kolehmainen, Jack Crawford, Paul Pesonen, Hank Latva, Bill
Mason, Edward Gillis, Albin Sippola.
Kneeling L-R: Peg Ollila, Leo Roy.
1929 AAHA Champs
L-R: Doc Conn, Sam Kokko, Doc Allaire, Buster -- -Goalie, unk, --
McGregor, Curley Kolehmainen, Syd Polhill, Mickey McMasters, Neil Hogg, --
Curly is 2nd to Right from the Cup
Pictures all courtesy of Ray & Clare
St Paul Saints
Curly is top row, 3rd from left.
1933-34 Duluth Hornets
1934-35 Baltimore Orioles
Curly is top row, 3rd from Rt.
Tulsa Oilers 1935-36
Curly is kneeling, 3rd from Rt.
Kolasa, born 19-- in Shelby Twp, MI, and a resident of nearby Laurium, was a Center on the 1992-03 State
Championship Calumet HS Team. He went on to play AAA Midget Majors for the
Falcons in Detroit and then Jr A and Jr B Jets in Waterford, MI) Tim eventually
switched to play defense in Jr's and led the league in points his second year.
Tim was recruited by an Eastern College - American International College in Springfield, Ma. He played for AIC 4 years - 2 years in the D-2 league and 3 in
the NCAA D-1 MAAC League. Tim played some Pro and Semi Pro in the southern hockey leagues:
Louisiana, Texarkana -Men's Senior Elite Division, Lake Charles Ice Pirates, and Wichita Thunder in the
Central Hockey League. Tim currently plays Defense for the Portage Lake
Pioneers; he has a degree in History and is currently employed by Finlandia
College. need picture etc here
Kolosa born 1978 in Sterling Heights -Detroit, was a Calumet High School hockey
player. He then played for a Chesterfield, Mi team, then the Metro Jets -CSHL,
Billings Bulls, -AWHL NCAA Div III 2 seasons 1997-1999, then for the local
Finlandia University Hockey Team 2000-2004, MCHA DIII, except a year he played hockey in
Finland 2002-03 for Diskos Jyväskylä -Suomisarja. He now
plays with a pro hockey team in Wilhelmshaven, Germany in the 3rd Division
of a German League where each team only carries five import-players. need
pictures and info here
19-- in --, was a Houghton High
School hockey player, plays for the local Finlandia University Hockey Team,
need picture etc here
Arthur Koski, born 1909 in
Calumet, brother to Wayne and Wesley, played right wing. After leaving Calumet,
he played semipro for Duluth Hornets and St Paul.
need info here
Photo courtesy of Lois Kallunki.
Koski, born 19-- in --, was a Houghton native, played hockey for
Michigan Tech 1948-53. need
picture etc here
Edward Koski, (1903-1968) was born in Calumet, brother to Art and Wesley, played hockey on the Calumet teams then he
played professional hockey from 1928 through 1934. Waino played with the
Marquette Indians and the Calumet Hawks, where he played center. He then played for the Duluth
Hornets (AHA) in 1928-29 and 1933-34, for the Boston Cubs (CAHL) (the Bruin's
farm team) in 1931-32 and for the Regina Capitals/Vancouver (WCHL) in 1932-33
and then with Edmonton, which he left in 1934. When
working in the Detroit area, he played with the Pontiac and Windsor Motors
Wesley Koski, born 1905 in
Calumet, brother to Wayne and Art, played right wing, he played high school
hockey in Calumet under coach Hiram Roehm and later played junior hockey with
the Calumet Colosseum team with "Farmer" Cane as manager. He then
played for the Calumet Hawks several years; where, he scored the first and last
goal in one season. They won the MacNaughton Cup while he was on the team. After
playing pro hockey in Calumet, he returned to the amateur hockey ranks and
played in Detroit with the Holzbaugh V-8s, a team whose roster carried mostly
former Copper Country players. He broke his ankle in a game in Canada in 1934
and did not play again.
Photo courtesy of Lois Kallunki.
born 1959 in Hancock, was the goaltender for Houghton High School 1973-1977
and on the All Conference Team and Most Valuable Player Award in 1977. He went
on to be Michigan Tech's Goaltender 1977-1981. Honors Frank received as an
athlete at MTU: 1980 -WCHA Honorable Mention Team; 1981 - WCHA First Team; 1981
Merv Young Award for the Most Valuable Player; 1981-Goaltender in the NCAA Final
Four when MTU finished 3rd place.
born 1932 in Hancock, lived in nearby Coburntown on Quincy Hill, played
Michigan Tech 1951-54
hockey under coaches Amo Bessone and Al Renfrew. He was a Hancock High
School grad where he played football and played hockey with local teams;
in 1952 and '53 he played baseball for the Hancock Merchants.
He graduated from MTU in 1954 with
a degree in Metallurgical Engineering then worked shortly for General
Motors until he was called to active duty by the Army in September 1954.
He served as a Lieutenant with the Ordnance Corp at Aberdeen Proving
Ground in Maryland and Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia, Pa. After his
service was completed in 1956, he continued his Engineering career and
retired in 1993 as Vice President of Product Engineering and Quality
from SPS Technologies in Jenkintown, Pa. Ken and his wife currently
reside in Warminster Pa.
photo courtesy of Ken Kulju
Matt Kumlin, born
19-- in --, was a Hancock High
School hockey player -1999, played for the local Finlandia University Hockey Team
need pictures etc here