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HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s Van Pelt and Opie Library will be hosting a special talk by local researcher John Haeussler in the East Reading Room on Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. In his presentation, Haeussler will share his research on and photographs of local hockey players who made it big with Notre Dame in the early 1900s.

When Notre Dame played its first informal hockey game in 1912, a student from Calumet was one of the stars. When the Irish began intercollegiate play in 1921, their roster featured three more Calumet High School alums. Notre Dame’s first intercollegiate game was at the Amphidrome in Houghton, its first intercollegiate win at the Colosseum in Calumet.

In this 100th anniversary year, the presentation highlights the Copper Country’s contributions to Notre Dame Hockey’s formative years. This presentation comes a night before the Michigan Tech Huskies host Notre Dame at their hockey home opener on Friday the 15th.

John Haeussler has authored one book on Hancock history and co-authored another. His current project is a biography of Bill Gray, the first Calumet High School alumnus to star at Notre Dame.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact University Archivist, Lindsay Hiltunen at (906) 487-3209 or lehalkol@mtu.edu.

*The University of Notre Dame Football Review 1921, quoting legendary ND coach Knute Rockne, had this to say about Calumet’s Hunk Anderson and Ojay Larson: “Neither is of Celtic origin but as Rockne puts it, ‘they are Irish by environment.’”

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