MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame will induct four new members Saturday, April 24 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. A social hour beginning at 6 p.m. will kick off the evening which will then be followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The Sports Hall of Fame ceremony is being held in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet.
The third inductee to the NMU Sports Hall of Fame is Mike Mielke. He was a four-time letterwinner on the NMU hockey team from 1977-80. Currently, Mielke is first on the career assists list for NMU hockey with 149, third in career scoring with 235 points and is tied for sixth in career goals with 86. Mielke is presently fourth in rookie scoring with 54 points and he is tied for 11th in career power-play goals (24). He was named to the 1978 All-Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) team as an honorable mention selection. Mielke was a three-time winner of the NMU Best Forward Award (co-winner in 1978).
"Mike is one of the great stories - a player who showed up unannounced in my driveway and went on to become the third-leading scorer in NMU history. Mike played with unlimited energy and overcame the stigma of being a smaller player to accomplish great heights through hard work,” said Rick Comley, former NMU head hockey coach and current head hockey coach at Michigan State. “He helped set the work ethic necessary to take a group of freshmen to the national championship game when they were seniors. Mike is very deserving of the honor, and NMU wouldn't be where it is today as a hockey power without Mike Mielke's contributions."
Tickets are available for the evening at $20 for adults and $15 for students at the NMU Superior Dome Ticket Office or by calling 906-227-1032.
The banquet is sponsored in part by Superior Oasis and Downtown EyeCare.
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