KK Members Blog

KK Members Blog

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

04/24/2016 at 5:09pm EDT

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

Create an Account

In order to leave a comment, please create an account.

About KK Members Blog

If you want to be a hockey writer, be our special guest!

We’re giving the KK community a chance to add their two-bits. Sign up to be a KK member, write your piece, and be heard right here on one of the Internet’s most visited hockey news websites.

Most Recent Posts

Most Recent Comments

Comment by damndogrevenge in Kukla's Korner Hockey from the entry Too Much Gambling Ads And Talk - 24 minutes ago
Comment by Kate in Kukla's Korner Hockey from the entry Too Much Gambling Ads And Talk - 35 minutes ago
Comment by Paul in Abel to Yzerman from the entry Playing With Frustration - 4 hours ago
Comment by Paul in Abel to Yzerman from the entry Playing With Frustration - 5 hours ago
Comment by exor54 in Kukla's Korner Hockey from the entry Evening Line -Larry Brooks - 8 hours ago