Northern Michigan is the birthplace of professional hockey, and November 5th is an important date in that colorful history.
On this day in 1904, the official formation of the International Hockey League included five teams, three of which were in the U.P.: the Calumet-Laurium Miners, the Houghton Portage Lakers, and the Wolverines from the Soo.
The fourth team was across the river at Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, the Lock City Boys, and finally the only professional team outside of the Great Lakes region, the Coal Heavers from Pittsburg. Thus the International Hockey League was born, with the radical approach of actually paying their players and charging admission to see them compete.
Pasty Central Day in History, November 5th.