Marquette, MI – October 22, 2019 – Growing up in the Upper Peninsula, especially Marquette, has made me a huge hockey fan. First and foremost, I support the NMU Wildcats (side note: from the time I was 6 months old to the time I graduated high school, I missed fewer than 10 NMU home games). NHL-wise, the Detroit Red Wings are my team of choice, and despite my loyalty, this year is one that I predict will be incredibly frustrating.
The Kraft Hockeyville game in the Calumet Colosseum was actually the first Red Wings game that I ever saw in person. I was amazed at the raw speed that players like Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin can tap into while seemingly expending no effort at all. It was absolutely incredible to see NHL-caliber players playing in a non-regulation sized rink that was built in 1913. By the way, if you’re a sucker for hockey history like me, the Colosseum is the place to visit. They have, among other artifacts, a used, framed hockey stick from 1904! But I digress.
The season began almost as well as it could have, but it didn’t take long for the hockey gods to put things back to where they should be. The Wings are currently 3-5, and I wholeheartedly believe that the win-loss ratio will be similar at the end of the year. Sad, but true.