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Bradly VanTassell, born 19-- in --  .... played for Houghton High School, played Junior B with the Northwest Knights of MJHL and Junior A with the Texarkana Bandits of the NAHL; he played for Finlandia University 2004-08, MCHA DIII. need pics and info here...

Colby VanTassel, a Houghton High School hockey player: Played college hockey at Northern Michigan University and Potsdam State -SUNY. After college, he played six years of pro hockey with the UHL's Madison, Saginaw and Muskegon teams; he played in the WPHL at Monroe, LA and Alexandria, LA, where he teamed up with his brother Miles. He coached the USA Hockey Senior Elite Championship Tournament Runner-Up Texarkana Bandits in 2001-2003. Colby was then an assistant coach for the Junior A Texarkana Bandits, NAHL for a year. The Bandits are partially owned by Red Wings star Brett Hull.

Joe VanTassell, born 19-- in -- a Houghton High School hockey player, played for the local Finlandia University Hockey, MCHA DIII team? and is currently an equipment manager for the Texarkana Bandits, a Junior A team.

Miles VanTassel, born 19-- in Houghton, played HS hockey for Houghton, then one year Juniors, two seasons Michigan Tech Hockey, 1996-99 then 5 seasons in the WPHL, he now plays with the Portage Lake Pioneers.

Steve Verbanac, born 19-- in -- a native of Hancock, played goalie for the Portage Lake team in the late 1940's. He went on to play a very important part in the organization and operation of youth hockey prior to high school hockey in the sixties. He worked along with Clem Banfield and others to promote junior hockey in the area. He was instrumental in helping organize high school hockey, working along with John MacInnis but he died before seeing those first high school games. He was also involved in organizing the Portage Lake Flyers team in the 60's which Rod Paavola first coached. One story, according to his son Steve: "I remember he attended a State Hockey Association meeting in Cadillac, Michigan in the early sixties.  He took me along and I remember Gordie Howe was there in attendance with his two sons who were very young at the time.  Gordie took myself and his sons swimming in the hotel pool that day.  Something as being a youth at the time was a big thrill for me. He was well known in the area for his timeless efforts in promoting Copper Country hockey."   

Paul Vitton, born 19-- in -- a Hancock native, played hockey for Michigan Tech 3 seasons 1951-54 and for the Portage Lake Pioneers 1958-59 ... need pics and info here...


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