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Marquette’s Lakeview Arena (home to the real Hanson Bros.) a Kraft Hockeyville Finalist

Marquette’s (Mich.) Lakeview Arena is the Eastern U.S. Finalist to be named the 2016 Kraft Hockeyville arena  (story here).  

The winning arena has the chance to win $150,000 in upgrades, as well as an opportunity to host a preseason NHL game this September.  The 48 hours of voting starts midnight tonight (Monday, April 25 at 12:00 through Tuesday, April 26 at 11:59).

Kraft Hockeyville has competing videos of the two finalists: Marquette's Lakeview and Rushmore, South Dakota's ThunderDome

As you can see in the short videos, Marquette's rink is in dire need of repairs, while the relatively new rink in South Dakota (built in 1995) is busting at the seems and needs expansion.  I'll let you decide which to vote for, but I'm all in for a new compressor, boards, glass and roof for Lakeview, the home rink for many years of my alma mater - Northern Michigan University.  I wouldn't mind seeing the Red Wings play a pre-season game there either.

I remember being a student at Northern Michigan in the years leading up to the Wildcats winning the national championship.   Several former NHL guys played on that team, including a 3rd liner named Dallas Drake.

I found a very low budget, high quality 1990s local TV production that recaps the final 10 min of that game which can be found here: 1991 NMU win over BU in 8-7 3OT thriller.  

Lakeview was always rocking, and as college students, we'd make our way between periods on a pilgrimage of sorts to the “Donor’s Room” to slam beers and visit the pictures of the 1970s Iron Ranger teams, complete with mugshots of the real Hanson Brothers - the Carlson boys - who looked exactly like the movie version of themselves, glasses and all.

It would be great to see Lakeview Arena win and have some badly needed upgrades.

Kevin Weed
Allegan, Mich.
NMU class of ‘93
supporting member of KuklasKorner

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* the relatively new rink in South Dakota is busting at the seams**

Hate it when my fingers can’t type correctly…


Posted by hockeyguymqt on 04/24/16 at 04:22 PM ET

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I have a lot of great memories of Lakeview Arena, but had not been there in some time until this past March when there to do color for a radio broadcast of our local HS team in the state quarters, and I was shocked at how the arena has fallen into disrepair.

It needs the repairs in a very bad way. Here’s hoping Lakeview wins, and keeps an iconic UP arena around for a long time.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/25/16 at 03:17 PM ET

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