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The Stanley Cup of the North

Hockey’s oldest rivalry is a heated battle that dates back to the first decade of the 1900s, and the Gibson Cup is the ultimate showcase of that time-tested rivalry. The Portage Lake Pioneers and Calumet Wolverines in a best-of-three winner-takes-all series featuring hard-hitting fast-paced fisticuffs-filled old-time hockey.

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Third Oldest Trophy in U.S. Hockey

The Stanley Cup is awarded to the best hockey players in the world. It’s the oldest trophy in hockey. It was made in 1893. The MacNaughton Cup is awarded to the highest achieving team in college hockey’s most historic conference. It was made in 1913.

The Gibson Cup highlight’s hockey’s oldest rivalry. It’s been awarded nearly every year since its creation in 1938.

The Cup is named after Doctor John L. Gibson, who was a player-coach and leading scorer for the Portage Lake teams from 1900 to 1905 including the World's Champion Hockey Portage Lake Hockey team in 1904. Gibson then helped organize the World's first Professional Hockey League with 5 teams playing 3 seasons 1904-07: the Portage Lakes, Calumet, Soo America, Soo Canada and Pittsburg. Gibson was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972.

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Champions Immortalized

The list of players who’ve raised the Gibson Cup is a who’s-who of hockey in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and upper Midwest. That includes greats like Mike, Tony and Joe Bukovich, Paul Lehto, Bruce Coppo, Doug Hembroff, Bob Mikesch, Don Miller, Leo, Andre and Daron Durocher and Pete Rouleau.

Wins by team

Portage Lake – 25
Calumet – 14
Sault St. Marie, MI – 4
Sault St. Marie, ON - 1
Marquette – 1
Green Bay – 1
Escanaba – 1

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Born Rivals in Beautiful Barns

Portage Lake Pioneers

Formed: 1899

Located: Houghton, Michigan

Arena: Dee Stadium, originally built in 1902 and rebuilt in 1927


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Calumet Wolverines

Formed: 1901

Located: Calumet, Michigan

Arena: Calumet Colosseum, built in 1913


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