Hockeyville events this week
It’s Kraft Hockeyville week, and Calumet is about to enter the spotlight of the NHL.
After being named the contest winner this spring, the Calumet Colosseum was awarded $150,000 for upgrades. The Colosseum, the world’s oldest indoor ice arena, will be decorated with Kraft Hockeyville signage ahead of Thursday’s preseason game between the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues, which will be telecast live on NBC Sports Network at its 7 p.m. start.
There is plenty scheduled between Monday and Thursday’s game.
It starts today, with the Stanley Cup itself.
The heralded trophy is on view from about 4:20 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Calumet Avenue Green Space on the corner of Calumet Avenue and Red Jacket Road. A Kraft Hockeyville Community celebration takes place simultaneously at the same location as the Stanley Cup viewing.
The Gibson Cup and the MacNaughton Cup will also be on display alongside the Stanley Cup, a historical trio of hockey’s oldest trophies.
The Gibson Cup is awarded to the winner of the Great Lakes Hockey League. It’s the third-oldest hockey cup (created in 1938) in the United States, predated only by the Stanley Cup (1893) and the MacNaughton Cup.
The MacNaughton Cup is named after Calumet native James MacNaughton, who purchased the trophy in 1913 for $2,000, which would be worth more than $50,000 today. It’s awarded annually to the WCHA champion.
Former NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick and local historian Bill Sproule will speak at the Calumet Readiness Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Red Wings will arrive on the public red carpet outside the arena from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Blues will arrive to the red carpet at 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
The Red Wings will have a gameday skate from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
The Blues’ gameday skate will take place 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
A Kraft Hockeyville pep rally will be held at Calumet High School at 4 p.m.
The Colosseum was built in 1913 and is the longest operating indoor ice arena in the world. The Kraft Hockeyville winnings include $150,000 for arena upgrades and $10,000 for equipment.