Mich. -- The rich hockey history of the State of Michigan
will be showcased and celebrated with a multi-media presentation
presented by veteran sports broadcaster, Raymond Rolak. The Westland
Public Library will host the event on Saturday, February 16, 2013
at 1:00 p.m.
Detroit has a strong tradition of national success and the Detroit
pioneers of hockey will be remembered. The Hockey Day in Michigan
events are in conjunction with Hockey Weekend Across America sponsored
by USA Hockey. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association which
is in their last year of league play is spearheading the celebration.
who produced the 1987 award winning docu-drama, “The Hobey
Baker Story” will share some of the lost-to-history hockey
anecdotes that helped shape Detroit hockey success. Hockey milestones
of both men’s and women’s ice hockey will be touched
on, including the most historic year for the Michigan Amateur
relationship of former collegiate coaching icons John Mariucci,
Amo Bessone and Al Renfrew will be discussed along with Detroit
connections to International and Olympic hockey history. Did you
know that there was an official Big Ten Hockey Champion declared
in 1959? The robust rivalry games between Michigan State and the
University of Michigan will also be highlighted. Also, the incredible
journey of Michigan All-America Mel Wakabayashi will be shared.
historic game story that will be discussed was the unparalleled
event that helped prosper the MSU hockey program. It was on December
2, 1958 and quite late for the first game of the collegiate season.
NCAA hockey was in flux at the time because of teams changing
conferences. This is very much like today’s college landscape.
Minnesota, Michigan State and Michigan Tech had left the Western
Intercollegiate Hockey League in 1958 because of accusations that
North Dakota, Colorado College and Denver were recruiting over-age
senior hockey players and some pro’s from Western Canada.
As a favor
to Coach Bessone, Jack Adams brought the Detroit Red Wings to
Demonstration Hall in East Lansing for a fund raising exhibition
game to benefit the Spartan hockey program. The building was beyond
standing room only.
and more hockey enrichment stories will be shared at the sixth
annual Hockey Day in Michigan. You are invited to wear your favorite
hockey jersey. Pre-registration is requested for this free event.
Westland Public Library, Faust Branch, 16123 Central City Parkway,
Westland, MI 48185 734-326-6123
more information about this event, visit www.westlandlibrary.org/events
Red Wings to host Maple Leafs for the 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter
Classic at Michigan Stadium Jan. 1, 2013
courtesy of the Rolco Sports Network
goalie, Marine Lt. Charles Driscoll calls for a crease foul from
the celebrating Czech Republic goal scorer as former Michigan
State forward Tom Mustonen trails the play in a 1963 IIHF World
Championship match in Stockholm, Sweden.
courtesy U.M. Bentley Library
University of Michigan Hockey All-America Mel Wakabayashi and
Coach Al Renfrew