The 2017 Gibson Cup Series between the Portage Lake Pioneers and Calumet Wolverines will take place March 24, 25 and 28 (if needed). The best-of-three series is a battle for the third oldest trophy in hockey.
- Game 1: Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. at Dee Stadium
- Game 2: Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. at Calumet Colosseum
- Game 3: Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. at Dee Stadium (if needed)
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.
The series was highlighted in 2016 on cable television channel VICELAND’s new television series featuring rivalries around the world entitled Vice World of Sports. The episode, named “The Perfect Sheet,” has been played in syndication on ESPN 2 and VICELAND regularly since its debut.
This year the season series between the Pioneers and Wolverines has been tight, with all three games being decided by one goal. The Pioneers won the first, but the Wolverines won the final two. The first game of this year’s Gibson Cup series will also count for the GLHL regular season standings.