Tonight’s event is more than just a hockey game

Tonight, the Calumet Wolverines senior hockey team will host their arch-rivals the Portage Lake Pioneers at the Calumet Colosseum. On the surface, there’s nothing unusual about this, after all they been doing this for years. For exactly 100 years to be precise and that’s exactly what makes tonight’s game so memorable.

The teams who’ll meet tonight, were the same two teams that faced off when the Colosseum opened on Jan. 6, 1914. So that makes tonight’s particularly memorable.

After all the Colosseum is a pretty special place. By any account it is one of the oldest, if not the oldest hockey venue in continuous use in the world.

And used it has been. While it opened as the Colosseum a century ago, many of us first met the venerable structure as the Calumet Armory. In recent years the facility has changed ownership from the state to Calumet Township, hence the re-naming.

While it has worn several hats, armory, banquet hall, ballroom, meeting place and even Frisbee Hall of Fame, for most that building means just one thing … hockey.

From developing mites to high school, college and beyond, all levels of hockey players and figure skaters have skated on that historic sheet, while thousands of fans have bundled up over the century to watch them.

And so it goes that tonight’s game is more than the latest chapter in an historic rivalry. It begins another chapter in the history of all of us.