Levi Wunder and Escanaba in 2015.
Alex Nordstrom and Hancock in 2016.
Brent and Dean Loukus with Calumet in ‘17 and ‘21.
Marquette making back-to-back-to-back-to-back trips to Plymouth.
Cam Markham and Houghton in 2023.
It seems like nearly every year going back for the past decade, Great Lakes Conference teams take turns representing the Upper Peninsula in the MHSAA State Tournament. And not just with nice players, but with elite junior, college and professional-level prospects who transcend high school hockey.
In past years, the top team — or teams — in the U.P. were easily discernible. ‘Houghton’s got a bunch of talent this year’ and ‘Oh, Marquette is so deep’ or ‘Calumet’s heavy hitters are back for their senior season.’ For the first time in recent memory, though, the GLC feels wide open.