MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Upper Peninsula hockey rivalry between the Lake Superior State University Lakers and the Northern Michigan University Wildcats is recognized through the awarding of the Cappo Cup. After the final game of the yearly series the Cappo Cup is presented to the team who won the most games, or if tied, by total goals in the games played in the series.
“I think Monsignor Cappo was a real unique guy to be able to have involvement that he had with both universities and both communities here and in the Soo. He loved hockey, he loved college hockey and he loved Northern Michigan hockey,” said NMU head coach Walt Kyle. “To be able to have this cup named after him is particularly important especially the year he passed away. I would certainly like to have the cup back in Marquette this year.”
The Cappo Cup is a memorial award named after the late Monsignor Louis Cappo. He served the Catholic Church in the Upper Peninsula for 61 years before he passed away in December. Cappo, originally from Baltic in Houghton County, was a community leader throughout the Upper Peninsula and was a long-time supporter of college hockey.
Entering Saturday’s game in Marquette the Wildcats lead in this year’s Capp Cup race with a 2-1 slate. The Lakers defeated the ‘Cats in the Soo on Thursday night 3-2. The Cappo Cup is also very important to the NMU players. “The Cappo Cup means a lot to NMU hockey,” said senior forward Matt Siddall. “Especially all the players, they take a lot of pride in the cup. We know there is a huge rivalry here in the U.P. with Lake Superior State.”
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