Rangus, born 1979 in Laurium, played hockey with Calumet High School,
leading Calumet to the 1998 B-C-D State Championship Title. After that
season, Bob was honored as Michigan's Mr. Hockey and still has the honor of
being the only UP player to ever receive that award! Bob played with the Soo Indians
2 seasons 1998-00 in the North American Junior A Hockey league, where he
was named to the HAHL All Star Team in 1999-2000. Bob then played hockey
2 seasons for Michigan Tech
2000-02, where he scored a goal against Denver on his first collegiate shot
and was later in the season named WCHA Rookie of the Week. He played for the local
Finlandia University Hockey Team 2002-03 where he
was among the leading scorers, and in
2003-04 played with Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) and
Knoxville Ice Bears
(SEHL) and Rio Grande (CHL). Rangus is currently living in the Copper
Country, playing for the Calumet
UP's First Mr. Hockey!!
In 1998, Bob Rangus
from Calumet High School, was chosen as
Michigan's Mr. Hockey.
He is the only Upper Peninsula
player to ever receive that award.
Besides Bob Rangas, there has only been one other
non-metropolitan Detroit High School player to win this award (Justin Abdelkader
from Muskegon in 2004.)
Rangus, born 19-- in -- a Calumet High
School hockey player, plays for the local Finlandia University Hockey Team
Rautiola, born 19-- in -- a Hancock native and local junior hockey player played hockey with
Michigan Tech varsity 4 years 1950-53, and was Tech's
team Captain in 1953, then played with the Portage Lake Pioneers in 1954.
|Brien Ricci, born 19-- in --, was an outstanding athlete from
Hancock HS, playing on the Hancock hockey team from 1974-76 (and being
unbeaten in high school hurdles). He went on to referring WCHA & NCAA hockey for
many years from 19-- to currently. Brien has refereed some NHL San Jose
Sharks games in the 1990s.
need pic of him in uniform here
Joe Ricci, born 19-- in -- a Houghton native, played football and hockey for Michigan Tech 1948-50.
He also played hockey with the Portage Lake Pioneers, the Marquette Sentinels,
and helped the Escanaba Hawks win the Gibson Cup in 1954. He was also a baseball
player, earning the Copper Country Senior baseball league MVP honors in 1948,
and with Escanaba Harnishchfeger won the Class A State fast pitch softball
championship in 1954. Joe was inducted into the
Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of
Fame in 2008. need pic etc here
19-- in Hancock,
he is regarded as one of the premier hockey officials in the country, working 1,300 games including more than 600 NCAA
hockey games. Refereed five NCAA hockey championship tournaments and the WCHA
playoffs for 15 years. He played with the Portage Lake Pioneers 1960-61. On
"November 19-20, 1982 John Ricci and his son Brian are the
first father-son tandem to officiate a CCHA game. The Hancock, Mich.,
natives work the Illinois-Chicago at Northern Michigan series." Topper
still lives in Hancock and was inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of
Fame in 1996. need a picture here...
Richards, born 19-- in -- , a player in Calumet, played for Helena (AWHL), Wayne
State and Salem State. ... need a picture and more info here...
Rintala, born 19-- in Calumet,
played 2 seasons with Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL 1992-94, then 4 years with Mankato State,
WCHA, 1994-98, Nashville Ice Flyers (CHL), Oklahoma City
Blazers (CHL), Fayetteville Force (CHL), Greensboro Generals (ECHL), Cape Fear
(Fayetteville, NC) Fire Antz (ACHL). need picture and more info here.
Rich Rippi, born 19-- in -- from Houghton,
played 1970-71 with UW-Superior.
need a picture and more info here...
born 1944 in Hancock played on the Dollar Bay VFW team that won the National Midget title in
Colorado Springs, at the Broadmoor. They beat a team from the greater
Boston area (population 3+Million people) in the championship game. The team was
coached by Earl Gorman and Andy Wiitanen from Dollar Bay. Bruce went on to play 3 seasons of hockey
for Michigan Tech 1964-67, and was a two-time hockey All-American, in both
the 1965-66 and 1966-67 seasons. He played hockey with the Huskies when NHL
great, Tony Esposito, played in goal at Michigan Tech. Riutta also received All-WCHA
honors in 1965-66 and was a second team All-WCHA selection in 1966-67 and
Honorable Mention in 1964-65. Riutta
continued his hockey career after graduating, playing on the 1968 U.S. Olympic
Team in Grenoble, France, and the U.S. National Team for three years, 1969-71.
He also played for the semi-pro
Green Bay Bobcats from 1968-75. He has been
active in the Ashwaubenon (Wisconsin) Youth Hockey Association; coaching for
over 25 years, and coached the high school team. Bruce was inducted into the
Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and was inducted into the
Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. Bruce is the son of Michigan Tech
player (1930s) Emil Riutta, and the father of Michigan Tech player (1981-85)
Barry Riutta (born the same day as his Grandpa Emil!).
Michigan Tech University 1964-65
Seated L-Rt: Rick Best, Bruce Riutta, Terry Ryan, Pete
Leiman, Al Holm, Rick Yeo, Dennis Huculak, Fred Dart, Tony Esposito.
Middle Row: Assistant Coach Bill Lucier, Gary Milroy, Bob Wilson, Bob
Toothill, Bob Brooks, Tom Steele, Roy Heino, Wayne Weller, Head Coach John
Back Row: Trainer Brad Taylor, Dave Confrey, Colin Patterson, Mike Gorman,
Joe Galetto, Ed Caterer, Steve Yoshino, Manager W. Reid
MTU All American
Team USA 1968 Olympics
Back Row L to R: Larry Stordahl, Ron Naslund, Bob Paradise,
Bob Gaudreau, Larry Pleau, Doug Vollmer
Middle Row L to R: Murray Williamson, Coach/General Manager, Doc Rose,
Trainer, Len Lilyholm, Craig Falkman, Paul Hurley, Don Ross, Jack
Morrison, Bruce Riutta, Don Niederkorn
Front Row L to R: Jim Logue, John Cunniff, Herb Brooks, Lou Nanne, Tom
Hurley, Pat Rupp
Not Pictured: Jack Dale, Jerry York
USA National Team 1969
Back Row L to Rt: Jim Vanessen, Mike Curran, Peter Buckman, Larry Stordahl,
Jim Branch, John Mayasich, Bob Paradise, Jerry Lackey, Gary Gambucci, Larry
Skime, Bill Reichert, Bud Dornack
Front Row Kneeling L to Rt: Keith Christensen, Bruce Riutta, Tim
Sheehy, Larry Pleau, Paul Coppo, Carl Lackey, Ron
Peter Markle, John Lothrop.
USA National Team 1970
Back Row L to R: Doc Nogabods, Len Lilyholm, Bob Lindberg, Craig Patrick,
Jim McElmury, Herb Brooks, Don Ross, Charlie Brown,
Peter Markle, Bruce
Riutta, Romanian Interpreter, George Konik, Doc Rose
Front Row L to R: Carl Wetzel, Larry Stordahl, Huffer Christianson, Gary
Gambucci, Hal Trumble, Mgr, Murray Williamson, Coach, Bryan Grand, Ozzie
O'Neill, Henry Boucha, Gary Johnson
Not Pictured: Bob Fleming, Chairman
USA National Team 1971
Back Row L to R: Pete Fichuk, Len Lilyholm, Dick Toomey,
Kevin Ahearn, Huffer Christianson
Middle Row L to R: Doc Nogabods, Dick McGlynn, Tom Mellor, Jim McElmury, Tim
Sheehy, Henry Boucha, Bruce Riutta, Craig Falkman, Craig Patrick,
Paul Schilling, Bob Lindberg Don Niederkorn.
Front Row L to R: Carl Wetzel, Dick Tomasoni, Don Ross, Murray Williamson,
Coach, Hal Trumble, Mgr, Gary Gambucci, George Konik, Mike Curran
Not Pictured: Bob Fleming
(1908-1987) born in Hancock,
was playing hockey for the Portage Lake Cubs in 1927-28 when they won
the U.P Championship. He played hockey for Michigan Tech in the 1927-28
season. Emil was the first of 3 generations to play hockey for Michigan Tech;
son Bruce and grandson Barry played for Michigan Tech. Emil's brother, Arne,
also played local senior hockey, but not for the college.
Portage Lake Cubs
Michigan College of Mines
Back Row L-Rt: Coach Haug, Doug Tesen, Tubba Gilles, Paul
Pesonen -capt, Nick Kaiser, "Cop" Emil Riutta.
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.
Joe Romano, born 19-- in --, played high school hockey for
Painesdale Jeffers 3 seasons,
1975-1978, he is the ref at many of our local games including Division I
Michigan Tech in the WCHA, and DIII Finlandia University, and for USA hockey at
National Championship games. ..... need info and picture of Joe in uniform here
Elwyn Nelson Romnes (1907-1984) was born in White Bear Lake, Mn. "Doc"
as he was called through out his career, played hockey at St. Thomas
University in St Paul, then with the St Paul Saints of the AHL 1927-30. He
then broke into the NHL when there were only 2 other American born players
in the league to play 9 seasons with the
Chicago Blackhawks 1930-39 and the following year with the Toronto Maple
Leafs then the New York Americans. He played in the the Stanley Cup finals 4
different years: 1931, 1934, 1938 with Chicago and 1939 with Toronto:
winning the Stanley Cup in 1934 and 1938. In 1936, he was the
first American born player to win the
Lady Byng Trophy, awarded for "sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct
combined with a high standard of playing ability" since it was first awarded
in 1925. In 1940, he retired from his professional career, having played in
403 games and only accumulating 46 penalty minutes! Doc then became the head
coach of the
Michigan Tech University Hockey team two seasons. 1941-43; the following
year, MTU did not have varsity sports during the war. Romnes helped start
the Copper Country Junior Hockey program while he was here. In 1946, he
coached the Kansas City Pla Mors, in the USHL, to League and Playoff
Championships. He then coached the University of Minnesota Hockey team
1947-52. Every year the Gophers honor one of their hockey player with the
Doc Romnes Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. In 1973, Romnes was
inducted into the US
Hockey Hall of Fame.
Stanley Cup Winners 1934
L-R: Leroy Goldsworthy, Roger Jenkins, Chuck Gardiner, Taffy Abel, Louis
Center: Doc Romnes.
Photo courtesy of Robert Kokko.
Ropiak, born 19-- in -- , played with the local 19U Girls K-Wings team (1996-?); she is now playing hockey
at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. need more info here...
Rouleau, born 19-- in -- played Hancock High School hockey 1978-81,
and was All Conference pick. From 1995 to 2004, he was Assistant Coach for
the Hancock HS hockey team; he then became the Head Coach for Hancock High
School hockey team.
need more info and pictures here!
Photo courtesy of HCS
Michael Rouleau, born 1983 in Marquette, Michigan, played center and left wing at Hancock High
School, and is the career point leader at Hancock High School with 264
points. While at Hancock High, he was the most valuable player of the Lake
Superior Conference three years in a row and All-State his junior and
senior years. In 2002, he scored 5 goals in a 10-0 win over Negaunee HS.
During the 2000-2001 season, Rouleau was Runner-Up for the Mr. Hockey
Award. He also was on the 1998-99 State High School Championship team and
the 1999-2000 State Runner-Up team. He played a few games with the
Springfield Spirit, NAHL in 2001-02. Rouleau played 2002-03 for the
Green Bay Gamblers, a Junior A team in the United States Hockey League and
a season for Finlandia
University in Hancock.
He went on to play 3 seasons with D1 Michigan Tech University 2005-08. He
played a few games with the Idaho Steelheads and the Pensacola Ice Pilots in
the ECHL in 2007-08 and the Texas Brahmas, CHL 2008-09. need pic of Pete 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
Photo courtesy of MTU
Photo courtesy of HCS
Ross Rouleau, born 1988 in Hancock? played hockey at Hancock High School.
He then played 2 seasons with Finlandia University 2006-08. Ross then played a
few games with the Texas Brahmas, CHL in 2008-09. need pic in uniform and info here....
A. Rowe, Jr born 1964 in Calumet played High School Hockey for Calumet, he
then played two years of Jr. A USHL in Dubuque, Iowa and two years Division
I hockey at Northern Michigan University
Ken Rowe, Jr
Captain of the Calumet High School Copper Kings
George Rowe, Bill was born 1937 in Kirkland Lake, Ont, he played
goalie with Michigan Tech Univ 3 seasons, 1958-61, then played for the
Quebec senior league on the St. Hyancinthe team, then the Marquette Iron
Rangers one season, 1964-65, and the Green Bay Bobcats one season 1965-66
then retired as a player. He then was a goalie coach where he was living:
for University of Michigan for 2 seasons 1975-76, 76-77, Michigan Tech Univ
3 seasons 1977-78, 78-79, 79-80 and again 4 seasons from 1982-86,
and for Northern Michigan Univ 2 seasons 1980-81, 81-82 then back to NMU
off and on from 1988-96. Bill was the goalie coach for a NAHL Jr
A team for Head Coach Brian Hannon in Springfield, Mo 2 seasons 2001-2003.
He is now retired and living in Houghton..
H. Roy (1908-1968) born in Houghton, played hockey for Houghton High
School three seasons1923-1925; he was the captain for part of the last 2
years. Roy played for Michigan Tech 1926-27, which were the Mid-Western
Intercollegiate Hockey Champions that season. He played for the
Portage Lake Cubs hockey team in 1927-28 when they won the U.P. Championship. He refereed for several years in the Michigan-Wisconsin
Roy donated a gold watch charm to be presented to the most
outstanding MTU football and hockey players as chosen by their teammates
following the last game of their respective seasons. He also donated a
Silver Cup Trophy to the Portage Lake Intermediate Hockey league consisting
at the time of Hubbell, Dollar Bay, Hancock Rangers, West Houghton AC,
Dodgeville and South Range. "The Cup is an artistic creation of silver, with
a gold lining. It stands 13 inches in height and is mounted on a black metal
base, on which is a silver band for the engraved name of the winning
team...." see Daily Mining Gazette article to the right. Roy also donated a
MVP trophy to the senior League that was to be presented year after year,
but was last presented to Connie Pleban of the Eagle River team at the end
of the 1937-38 season (perhaps it was not returned, as the MVP the following
season received a trophy donated by local businesses.) If you know the
where-abouts of these trophies, please
contact the webmaster
so we can take a picture of it.
Roy was very active in the community and went on to be a 5 term State Senator
for the 32 District until he retired in 1959. During his 10 years in the
Senate, he was co-sponsor of the Mackinac Bridge project and got funding
for the artificial ice plant for the Dee Stadium among many other state
and local programs he was able to get funded. He sponsored a
Hockey Trophy called .... that was given to the winner of... annually.
Leo H. Roy
Portage Lake Cubs 1928
Roy donates Hockey Cup and Awards:
Leo H. Roy
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.
Edward Ruelle (1919-1995) was born in Houghton. At the age of 20,
Bernie left here for Detroit in 1939 to play for the Holzbaugh
Ruelle played minor pro hockey off and on from 1939-1947; he also served 2
years in the service during that time. The year after the Red Wings
won the Stanley Cup, he played 2 games with the
and scored one goal.
He was injured in a car accident and finished the season with the
Indianapolis Capitals. From 1944-46 he was in the service, on his
return, he played hockey in the Pacific
Coast League in Tacoma, Wa with the Tacoma Rockets and later in the season
with the Fresno Falcons during the 1946-47 season. He returned home and played many years with the Portage Lake
he was part of the brother combinations of the Ruelle's, Bernie and
Jackie, and the Bukovich's that dominated 1940s-1950s.
Indianapolis Capitals 1943-44
Fresno Falcons? 1947?
# 14 is Bernie Ruelle
if you know this team & date
Need picture of the
Detroit Red Wings Hockey Team
Ruelle, born 191- in Houghton, went to Detroit to play hockey in 1938. He
played with Detroit Holzbaugh and Detroit McLean Pontiacs 3 seasons from
1938-41, in 1943-44 he played with the Toledo Bombers and then with the
Detroit Auto Club 3 seasons from 1945-48. Francis "Pea Soup" and
his brother Bernie were a powerhouse line for the Portage Lake Pioneers
through out the 1950's.
Ruelle, (1923-2009) was born in Houghton; he served in WWII where his
plane was shot down over Germany just a year after he graduated from high
school; he was held prisoner until the end of the war. Ruelle played briefly for Michigan Tech circa 1947, and then
joined the Portage Lake Pioneers in 1947; he helped win the Gibson Cup 3 times
with the Portage Lake team: 1947-48, 1951-52, 1955-56 when they also won the
States and went on to win the Senior Nationals in 1956. In 1954, he lead the league in
scoring. He was still on the team when they won the Whittaker Cup in 1957-58. His favorite offensive weapon was the "sausage play"; what we
now call the wraparound. He was part of the Pioneer's power play that featured
Jackie and his brother Bernie, and the three Bukovich brothers (Tony, Joe
and Mike). Jack later coached in youth hockey circles in Sault Ste Marie,
Michigan and on August 2, 1980, the city declared it "Jack Ruelle Day" in
the Soo in honor of all the work he did with the local youth hockey
Need better copy of 1947-48 PL team
Jack Ruelle honored by town:
Jack Ruelle Day!
Soo Evening News Aug 2, 1980
Ruhl, born 19-- in -- a Houghton native,
played hockey for Michigan Tech 1946-50. In a weekend series of Michigan Tech vs
scored 8 goals (Jan. 12-13, 1950); a record that still stands at Michigan
State Univ. today,
over 50 years later. Amo
Bessone, former MTU hockey coach, has been quoted as saying the line of Jim
Ruhl and Ted and Marc Olson was one of the best lines he has ever coached in
Ruohonen, "Kenner" (1933 -19--) born in Houghton, played on the 1951-53 Portage
Lake Pioneers teams starting when he was only 16 years old. In 1952,
he entered the US Army and played on the Armed Forces team in West Germany
for 2 seasons, then one year with the Detroit City League and returned to the Copper Country
and played with Portage Lake 1955-56 season. In 1959, he moved to Green Bay
and played one year in the Breen Bay City League then joined the Green Bay
Bobcats, USHL, coached by Tony Bukovich. He scored 251 goals in 11 years
1958-69 with the Green Bay Bobcats, the first pro hockey team in Green Bay. In 1965, the Bobcats won
the National US Senior Tournament in Boston where Kenner was voted the
MVP. After being named MVP, he was asked to join the United States Senior
team where he made a two week tour of Europe, playing in Moscow, Kiev,
Geneva, Paris, Prague and Switzerland. Kenner moved back again to
the Copper Country in July 1970 and played with the Calumet
Wolverines and then the a year with the Portage Lake Flyers then
joined the Calumet Chiefs as player/director, helping them win the Gibson
Cup in 1972-73. The covered ice rink in Oscar, Michigan is named after Ken.
add pic of rink here..
Russell, born 19-- a native of Kamloops, British Columbia, Jamie is the current coach of
the Michigan Tech University Hockey Team. He played defense at Michigan Tech
1987-89 and was the Assistant Captain both seasons. He played for Larjevellan,
Sweden in 1989 and was second in league scoring. In 1990, he played for Winston-Salmen
(ECHL), and was the Team Captain; in 1991, he played for Binghamton (AHL). He
went on to be the Assist. Coach at Ferris State (CCHA) for 5 seasons (1994-99)
then he went to Cornell University (ECAC) for 4 seasons as their lead Assist.
Coach (1999-03) when Cornell was the top-ranked team in the country in the final
regular-season poll. He was announced as Michigan Tech's Head Coach in May 2003.
need pics here