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Two Copper Kings to Skate For Team Michigan

Congratulations to Brent Loukus and Sam Erkkila in being named to Team Michigan for the upcoming CCM NIT Showcase in Minnesota. Brent and Sam tried out with the top players in the state, and were named to the Junior team to represent Michigan. The tournament consists of the best high school hockey players from across the

Kings Advance to Regional Championship Game

After one quarter of play, it might have looked like it was going to be a close game between the Calumet and Indian River Inland Lakes boys basketball teams. But the second and third quarters made all the difference as the Copper Kings ran off on a 28-0 run to pull away for a 70-26

Kings Win 3rd Consecutive District Championship

Win three consecutive Class C district titles anywhere else in the U.P., and your program is typically revered. But not in the Copper Country, where boys basketball takes a backseat to hockey and members of the Central U.P. snicker about the quality of ball up here. For the Calumet Copper Kings to gain respect, they

Kings Defeat Hancock For Trip To District Final

If there is such a thing as a moral victory, the Hancock Bulldogs certainly got one in an opening Class C district tourney game Monday against Calumet. The Copper Kings managed to pull out a 59-55 win, but not before getting a big scare from the Bulldogs. Beaten by Calumet by 25 points last Friday

Kings Hockey Season Ends in Regional Final

No. 1 Hancock and No. 2 Calumet clashing on the grandest stage the Copper Country has to offer: the Region 17 title game at Michigan Tech’s MacInnes Student Ice Arena. Hancock left no doubt. The Bulldogs are the bigger giant, and they proved it with a dominant 4-0 win over Calumet on Saturday. “It is

Calumet Earns Return Trip to Regional Championship

Sam Erkkila doesn’t want to think about it, but he has to. The way last season ended has been motivating him since the first moment he stepped on the ice for the 2017-18 season. He knows the highs of winning and the lows of losing on the biggest stage. Erkkila was there last season when

Kings Clinch Share of WestPAC Title

The Calumet Copper Kings had a couple of goals in mind when they traveled to Hancock Thursday night. “One, we knew a win would give us a share of the conference title,” Calumet coach Mike Ojala said after his team’s 67-42 win over the Bulldogs. “Two, we wanted to keep our momentum going from the last two

Kings Out-Shoot Houghton

Three-point shooting is usually not the first thing that enters the mind when it comes to discussing the Calumet Copper Kings. Instead, it’s their suffocating man-to-man defense, the All-U.P. caliber season Matt Ojala has been having or the overpowering low-post presence of Cooper Twardzik. So while it may not be an officially kept stat, Calumet

Girl’s BB Season Ends Against Houghton

Someone needed to step up. Literally anyone. That was Julie Filpus’ halftime message to her team after the Houghton Gremlins scored just 14 points and shot 4 of 21 as they trailed Calumet at the half. The speech nearly took all 10 minutes of the halftime break, and by the time Houghton came out for

Four Kings Earn GLHC All-Conference

Hancock’s Alex Nordstrom was named Great Lakes Hockey Conference Player of the Year on Friday. The junior forward has 37 points in conference this season, with 24 goals and 13 assists. He was joined by Dan Rouleau, who received Coach of the year honors. The All-Conference teams were also announced. Forwards Daunte Fortner of Kingsford