There are few rivalries in sports that date back as far as the Calumet Wolverines and Portage Lake Pioneers. The claim has been made that it’s the oldest rivalry in hockey, and we’re sticking to that belief. That rivalry is so old that it existed before there was a place to play hockey indoors. Local hockey legends have made their mark. Countless teeth have been lost. And there have likely been as many Gordie Howe hat tricks as scoring hatt ricks.
These two historic teams face off Monday night, marking the 100th anniversary of the first game played at the Calumet Colosseum. That game was played January 6th, 1914 during the Copper Strike. It was a trying time in the Keweenaw, just two weeks after the Italian Hall Disaster.
Doors open at 6:30 PM and the puck drops at 7:30 PM. For more information check out their Facebook event.
We attended our first Calumet Wolverines and Portage Lake Pioneers game on November 13th when the teams opened their respective seasons against each other. Home ice played advantage for the Pioneers as they won handily, 8-5. The Wolverines will hope that home ice is in their favor this time around.
Purchase a commemorative t-shirt at the game and all proceeds will go towards a new Zamboni for the Calumet Hockey Association.
Keep your stick on the ice!