Calumet Hockey

Jim Crawford's 500th victory, 2012Jim Crawford leads his Copper Kings to his 500th victory, 2012.
Image courtesy of the Daily Mining Gazette.
Hockey and the town of Calumet go hand in hand. The game has been played in the community in one way or another going back to the 19th century. As early as the 1900s, Calumet High School was fielding a team, which would play other high schools or the many professional and semi-pro teams in the area.

Under the leadership of legendary coach Jim Crawford, the Copper Kings played in their first State Championship game in 1985, losing to Bloomfield Hills-Cranbrook by the score of 10-2. They would return again in 1991, only to lose to Cranbrook again in two overtimes, 5-4. Not to be discouraged, Calu­met returned to the final in 1992 and took its first championship by defeating Riverview Gabriel Rich­ard, 8-0! The team would return the following year and take the 1993 title by scoring 13 unanswered goals against Flint Powers Catholic. The 1992 & 1993 champs had a combined record of 50-3-1.

2009 Regional Championship in HoughtonCalumet playing Hancock in the 2009 Regional Championship game in Houghton.
Image courtesy of the Daily Mining Gazette.
Since then the Copper Kings have won four more State titles including Class B - C - D titles in 1996 & 1998 and Division III titles in 2003 & 2008. They also played in the State championship game in 2011, but lost to Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

In attaining these amazing championships, Coach Jeff Crawford has amassed an incredible record over his 27-year career. Through the 2011-12 season, his record is 500-225-19. In addition to six state champi­onship victories, his teams have won 11 league titles and 15 regional titles.

Logan Rastello scoring in Div 3 State ChampionshipFour minutes into over­time, on the 57th shot of the game, Calumet forward Logan Rastello buried his own rebound for the only goal in the Division 3 hockey state championship game.
Image Courtesy of the Detroit Free Press.
1910 Calumet Hockey Team1910 Calumet Hockey Team
Image courtesy of Michigan Tech and Copper Country Archives.

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