Local players who have gone on to play PRO, Semi-Pro or College Hockey!
LaHaye, born 19-- in -- , played hockey for
Michigan Tech 1954-56. need picture etc here for this local player.
E. Lake, born 19-- in Canada?, played left wing with the 1905-06 Portage Lake Pro
Hockey team. Fred lost an eye while playing in the IHL league and still went on
to play 9 years of pro hockey. There are three Red Lake vintage hockey cards printed in the sets C56
(1911-12) and C57
Langseth born 19-- in --, grew up playing hockey in Calumet and has gone on to be a college
hockey referee, including refereeing the Frozen Four games and the world
record-setting "Cold War" outdoor hockey game between Michigan
State University and the University of Michigan played October
6, 2001 at the Spartan Football Stadium on the Michigan State campus. Metal
pipes filled with glycol, a freezing agent, kept the ice frozen above aluminum
panels, which were placed above layers of plywood between the 20 yard lines on
the football field. A
world record 74,554 people attended this hockey game that ended in an exciting
MSU Captain Adam Hall, said the crowd
was so loud that players couldn't even talk to each other on the bench.
Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, dropped the puck for the ceremonial opening face-off;
Gordie was quoted as saying that there were more people at this game than there
were in his hometown of Saskatoon when he left home to play in the NHL in
1946." The previous hockey attendance record was officially 55,000,
set March 5, 1957 when Sweden and the Soviet Union tied 4-4 in the World
Championship gold medal game at Lenin Stadium in Moscow. The previous record fan
count for a College game was 21,576, established Dec. 29, 1984 when Michigan
State defeated Michigan Tech 7-0 at the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis
Arena. The record crowd for a NHL game is 28,183 for a playoff game between
Tampa Bay and Philadelphia at Tropicana Field on April 23, 1996. In April
2005, Kevin was one of the 3 refs of the NCAA Final Championship games.
Kevin Langseth accepts an award for his 11 years in CCHA.
born 1967 in Calumet, was the Captain of the
Calumet High School team when they were State Runners Up in 1985 (as shown in this
picture.) His Coach, Paul Lehto, wants this picture framed and called:
"the agony of da-feet."
went on to coach in Antigo, Wisc. where he was the Antigo high school
hockey coach from 1992 to 2006. In 1993 they won the
Wisconsin State Championship and were runners-up in 1997. It should be
noted this is no small feat, as Antigo, a town of 8,500 people, is the smallest
school in their conference; they had to play against all the other schools
of all sizes to win the states since Wisconsin only has one High School
division. Langseth was honored as being chosen Coach of the Year in
2005. He is the athletic
director for Antigo High School.
Photo courtesy of Paul Lehto
from the Daily Mining Gazette March 11, 1985
Harold Lanksbury, born 19-- in --, played with
the Calumet Hawks when they won the MacNaughton Cup 2 years in a row, 1927 and
1928. He was rated by a local sports writer as the best defenseman in the league
along with a Marquette player, Doug Young, who was the property of the Detroit
Red Wings. Harold "Fat" Lanksbury later "played on the West
Coast". need picture and more info here.
Lankton, born 1984 in Hancock, she attended Houghton High School and played
with the local 19U Girls K-Wings (1996-2000) until she was a sophomore. She went
on to Shattuck St. Mary's, Minnesota High School to play 60 hockey games a
year practicing everyday; she graduated in 2002 and lettered in hockey,
cross country and track. She then played one year at the
University of New Hampshire where she played in all 36 games. She now plays
hockey at Bemidji
State, WCHA, where she played in all 36 games in defense her first
and John Lassila, identical twins born 19-- in -- who grew up in nearby Mohawk, MI, played hockey for
Tech several games in the 1967-68 season. Bill was the
third goaltender behind Tony Esposito and Rick Best; after John played JV hockey
for MTU, he went on to play Senior Hockey with the CLK Wolverines until he
graduated. The twins are brothers to Gordon Lassila:
Gordon Lassila, born
19-- in --, a native of nearby Mohawk, played with the CLK Radars in the early and mid-50's prior to playing
a season at
Michigan State 1955-56. Gordie coached the Calumet High School team throughout
most of the 1970's. In 1976 and 1977 he took his team to the state finals in Ann
Arbor and Lansing respectively. They finished runner-up in Tier 1 to St. Claire
Shores Lakeview in 1976 and got beat in the semi-final in 1977.
Goalie- Clyde Berryman,
Gordon Lassila -game
star, Whittaker Cup,
Mim Whittaker, Bob Coello -Radar Coach
Photo courtesy of Mim Whittaker
Michigan State University
locals: #5 Gordon Lassila,
#11 Karl Jackson,
#17 Tom Balai (Mqt)
"Abbie" Lehto, (1918-1999) born in Hancock, coached the Hancock Hockey
team 3 years... He was the Skipper of the Hancock Sea Scouts and received a 30
year scout pin. need more hockey bio info and picture here...
Into Lehto, aka Sam or Carl (1914 to 1972?) born in Wolverine, MI, played hockey
with the Wolverine AC in the 1930s when the Wolverine team beat Marquette
in the finals to win the MacNaughton Cup in the 1933-34 season. He went on
to play some games with the Pittsburgh Yellow
Jackets, Ind/EHL, during their
1934-35 season. This team changed leagues
several times, eventually joining the NHL as the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1967.
Carl Lehto & Jack Tuten,
Sports news article above is dated February 3, 1935:
"Members of the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets amateur hockey team, which opens
its season against the Clarkson College team on the
Duquesne Garden ice
tomorrow night. Lehto, a fair-haired, 170 pound Finn, hails from
Wolverine, Michigan ..."
Photo & article courtesy of Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph
Paul Lehto, born in 1938 in Wolverine? (near Calumet,
Michigan) he started skating
at five years of age on the Wolverine rink, located a block from his
home. As a fourteen year old, he was elected president of the Wolverine rink.
He played junior hockey in the Calumet Hockey Association from 1954 to
1957. He also started coaching junior hockey teams in 1954 while only sixteen
years old, and continued to do so for six more years. In 1957, Paul headed
a group who moved the rink in Wolverine to a new location, closer to US 41,
and built a new changing house at the site. Paul was elected as president of
the Calumet Hockey Association on two different occasions, 1962-1963 and
1968-1969. In 1968-69 he spearheaded a community effort to put artificial ice
in the Calumet Armory. During this same period, 1965-1969, he also served
four terms as a director for the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association. In
1964, Paul became involved with intermediate and senior hockey and coached
the Wolverine and CLK Wolverine teams from 1964-1972 and again from 1979-1982.
In that time, his teams won four Gibson Cups and seven league championships. In
1971, Paul and the Wolverines hosted the US National Intermediate Tournament
at the Calumet Armory. During his affiliation with the Wolverines, he also
served as president of the Badger State and Michigan-Wisconsin hockey
leagues. In 1971-1975, Paul headed up a group of people who received a
franchise in the United States Hockey League. This semi-pro league was
made up of former college and professional players. Paul served on the Board
of Directors and was the General Manager and occasionally, helped with
the coaching. In the 1976-78 era, he was a major cog in the building of
the Bi-Centennial Arena in Laurium and the installation of an artificial ice
plant. Beginning in 1985, Paul began a seventeen year association with
Jim Crawford as an assistant coach with the Calumet Copper King's High School
team. Crawford had been a former player for Paul with both the Copper Country
Chiefs and the CLK Wolverines. During their stint at the helm, the Copper
Kings were 331-124-10 for a .723 winning percentage. This included four state
championships and two state runner-ups, nine league titles, eight
MacInnes Holiday Tournament championships, thirteen Copper Island Classic
championships and nine regional titles. Many of their players went on to play
Junior A, senior, college and also pro hockey after leaving high school.
Over the years, Paul coached teams which included such future pros as:
Mike Usitalo, AHL, CHL, IHL; George Lyle, NHL; Gordie Frantti, IHL, ECHL;
Jasen Rintala, CHL, ECHL; Bob Rangus, ECHL; and Fred Barry, USHL. In 2002,
he retired from coaching hockey. As Calumet Township Supervisor since
19--, Paul has spearheaded numerous improvement projects for the Calumet
Armory arena, such as new locker rooms, new lights, the purchase of three
Zamboni's, new glass, new sound system, indoor painting and a new roof.
Altogether these items totaled more than a million dollars in improvements.
Paul Lehto, top-middle
CLK wins the Gibson Cup 1971
L-Rt: Paul Lehto with Gibson Cup
John MacInnes with MacNaughton Cup
|Wayne K. Lehto, (1933-2008) born in nearby Kearsarge, he was a member of the Copper Country
1950-51 Jr Championship team
and the CLK Radars 1952-53 UP Championship team. He played for the CLK Radars from
1951 through 1960 with the exception of two years in the US Army: while in Korea
he played on a team (with the late Bob Johnson) where they won the Armed Forces
Far East Championship. After receiving his Doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from
the University of Michigan in 1967, he moved to Idaho Falls, ID to work at
the Nuclear Reactor Test Station, Idaho National Laboratory, and helped
form the local youth hockey program that year. He was involved with youth hockey in
Idaho for over 40 years: He was an active coach 30 years, Idaho
Falls Youth Hockey President 15 years, Idaho Amateur Hockey Association (IAHA)
President 12 years, he was IAHA
Coaching Program Director 8 years, IAHA Chief Referee for 6 years, Idaho USA Hockey
Associate Registrar for 15 years. In 2005, he was
elected as a USA Hockey Director
from the Rocky Mountain District, as USA Hockey District Director, he
served on the Legal and Youth Councils.. Lehto was instrumental in
Ice Arena in Idaho Falls which is now named the Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto Ice Arena,
see the arena picture at right.
Wayne Lehto CLK Radar in 1953
Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto Ice Arena in Idaho Falls, ID
Rink photos courtesy of www.ifyha.org
Lewis, born 1972 in Hancock, played 4 seasons of hockey with Houghton High School where he was chosen team's MVP and was selected
for All-State. He played on Team Michigan for the Chicago Showcase. After graduating in 1990,
he played one year of Juniors for Northland Voyageurs in Duluth, MN, then 3
seasons with Northern Michigan University 1994-97, then 1 year in the UHL for
Saginaw Lumber Kings, then six seasons 1997-2003 in the CHL and WPHL with Memphis,
Austin, Amarillo, Lubbock, ElPaso and Corpus Christi.
Photo courtesy Lewis family
C. Linder, (1886-1948) born in Hancock, played on the 1903-04 Portage Lake Pro team. "During his
Hancock High School years, 1901-04, Linder participated in and starred in
hockey, baseball and football, even captaining all three sports every year of
his career." In 1904, as a high school senior, he was selected by Doc Gibson to
play on the Portage Lake pro hockey team. In 1906,
according to Hancock High School's The Ingot, Joe received a slash on the
head which cut in to the bone from Mahan in a game with the Portage Lake
Juniors. "It was patched up and he continued the game. A few days
later it began to bother him and upon examination it was found that blood
poisoning had set in. Joe was taken to the hospital where an operation was
performed and in a few days, the danger was past." He was the
Coach of the Hancock High School team at the time. In 1905-1911, he
played amateur hockey with the Hancock Hockey Club, then the Pittsburgh?
Shamrock Hockey Club, Duluth Curling Club, and then the Duluth Hockey
Club. From 1912-20, he played with the Duluth Senior teams in the new
American Amateur Hockey Association. He was Captain of the 1914 Duluth team
when on March 7th, 1914 they defeated the famous Victoria's of Winnipeg for
the first victory of an American team over the Canadian Champs. He was described by his
contemporaries as the "first great American-born hockey player" quotes the US
Hockey Hall of Fame. A few years before his death, he was honored in the
February, 1941 issue of Esquire when, in a review of the American and Canadian
hockey scene it was stated that "any list of the 30 best hockey players the
whole world has had, would have to include the American-born Linder."
He was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.
Portage Lake IHL 1904
Joe Linder top row, second from right.
Hancock High School team 1904
Joe Linder played 4 years of Hancock High School hockey
beginning in the 8th grade. Therefore, when Joe was a Senior at Hancock HS, he
was not eligible to play on the team because he had played 4 years
already, so he was appointed Coach of the 1906 High School team.
Carl Lindstrom, born 1919 in Wolverine/Kearsarge and moved to Painesdale
when he was 2; he played on the Painesdale and Portage Lake
hockey teams until March 6th, 1941 when he left the Copper Country for the
Military. While there, he was a Player/Coach for the US Army team
in Medford, Oregon and served in the Army until 1946. The seasons of 1948-50, he was a player on the senior
hockey team for Mack Park, Detroit. He was a Coach 1960-61 for St. Monica
Bantams, in Detroit, and 1961-64 coached the Elson Post Midgets, Detroit
when they were State Finalists in 1961-62 and National Champions 1963-64.
In 1964-65 he coached the Redwing Forum Midgets in Detroit, and from
1965-69 he coached the Big "D" Dearborn Fabrication Midgets in
Detroit when they were State Champions 4 times and National Champions
1965-66 and 1968-69. In 1969-70 he coached the US National Junior
Champions, Olympia Agency Insurance team, in the Michigan Junior Hockey
League which included Gordie Howe's boys Mark and Marty. In 1970-72 he
coached the Detroit Junior Wings, sponsored by the Red Wings and the first American team to play
Ontario Hockey Association Junior "A" League. They were the SOHA
Champions 1970-71; and CAHA Eastern Division Finalists 1973-74; he was
General Manager Michigan Eagles, National Midget Champions. In
1975-76, he assisted in organizing Southfield Chief's Junior GLHL. In
1977-79 he was Chief Scout/Advisor of the Detroit Junior Wings. Carl
was inducted into the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
In 1979, Carl was a coach at the 1980 US Olympic
Training Camp at Colorado Springs; XIII Winter Olympics Gold Medalists.
April 24, 1979, Carl was inducted into the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of
Lindstrom, born 1928 in Painesdale, played youth hockey in Painesdale and played
on the 1947-48 Portage Lake team that won the Gibson Cup. He played for the
Detroit Auto Club 1948-50 in the IHL. He played
semi-pro hockey for the Bobcats,
the first pro hockey team in Green Bay, in their first season, 1958-59.
In 1969, he was instrumental in bringing High School Hockey back to the
UP; where he represented the Marquette HS team management.
born 1952 in -- a Houghton native, played hockey for Michigan Tech
1971-73, played with the Calumet Chiefs the following year and with the Peoria
Blades 1974-75. need pictures in uniform here!
Fran Lowney, was born Jan 1, 1923 in Houghton. His first organized hockey team
played at the Central Houghton outdoor ice rink which was between the HS and the
jail. After he spent 3 years in WWII, they started Intermediate hockey league in
the Calumet area. He played on the 1946-47 Hubbell Hawks, and the 1948-49 South
Range Rangers, then played 7 seasons for the Portage Lake Pioneers team
1949-1956 and a few games in 1957 when PL team members had the flu. As part of
the Copper Country Hockey Centennial project, Fran was interviewed by the Keweenaw
National Historical Park; this tape is in their archives.
G. Lucier, born 1932, in Windsor Ontario, played high school hockey
for Assumption High School in Windsor and played Junior in Ontario. He
University of Michigan in 1952 thru 1955. While at U of M he
was a 4 year letter winner as a goaltender on the hockey team, making it
to the final four all fours years. In 1952, 54, 55 his teams won the NCAA
National Championships. (3rd in 1953) In 1957, Lucier was
hired by Michigan Tech University as the first full-time assistant hockey
coach under John MacInnes; and as Head football coach. (His football teams
won two conference titles in his six years as head coach; he was selected
Football Coach of Year in 1963 and '65.)
He was the assistant Hockey coach from 1957 to 1962. While coaching
hockey at Michigan Tech, the Huskies Won 2 NCAA National Championships in
1961-62 and 64-65 seasons. He was the Assistant Coach at Michigan Tech
when NHL great Tony Esposito was playing goalie. The Huskies went to the final four three times
while he was an assistant coach. So Lucier participated in seven NCAA
national Hockey championships - four as a player at the University of
Michigan, and three as an assistant coach at Michigan Tech. These seven
championships represent five first place finishes, one second and one
third. Lucier still lives here and was inducted into the
Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
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