CALUMET — There will be a lot of celebrating Friday at the Calumet Colosseum as a new Zamboni will be unveiled to the community.
The $98,000 Zamboni was made possible by the Calumet Hockey Association’s capitol campaign and donations from local businesses. The CHA hopes to continue raising funds to improve the boards and glass, which could cost up to $200,000. Township officials hope residents will think about donating when they see the zamboni.
“We hope somebody might say ‘I got checkbook in my pocket and maybe I can help out with this effort’, so that’s what we would hope would happen,” Calumet Township supervisor Paul Lehto said.
Friday night will also be a presentation of the Paul Lehto Service Award to Paul Bracco, a long time fixture at the Colosseum. Board member John Carroll said Bracco has done everything there, from coaching to driving the Zamboni.
“Now that we have a new Zamboni, this is a great opportunity to give Paul credit for everything that he’s done here and recognize him Friday night for the Copper Island Classic,” Carroll said.
The Copper Island Classic is the long-standing high school hockey match-up between Calumet and Hancock. The puck drops for both games at 7 p.m.