The first Yooper and U.S. citizen engraved on Stanley Cup is Clarence “Taffy” Abel. He was first American born player in the National Hockey League, and the first U.S. citizen engraved on cup. He appears on the covetive trophy not once, but twice. Once in 1928 with the New York Rangers, and in 1934 with Chicago Blackhawks.
Abel was born in the Upper Peninsula in Sault. St. Marie.
Another phenominal player engraved on the Stanely Cup, and more commonly known for his role in winning the cup with the Detroit Red Wings was Copper Country native Johnny Sherf.
Upper Michigan, the birth place of national professional hockey, has produced its share of outstanding players. On this day in 1942 the first American Hockey League All Star Game featured Calumet High School’s very own Johnny Sherf. John, a Yooper, had a colorful career with the unbeaten Copper Kings, the semi-pro Calumet Blackhawks, and the University of Michigan. He was the leading scorer in the All Star Game on this day in 1942.
John Sherf played for the American Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Hornets, the top farm team of the Detroit Red Wings. Called up for the playoffs, he helped lead Detroit to the championship and became another amazing Upper Peninsula native whose name is engraved on the trophy.