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Drake earns Hall nod

September 6, 2010
By Dennis Grall

ESCANABA - Former Northern Michigan University hockey standout has joined the British Columbia Hockey Hall of Fame.

"I don't consider myself a hall of famer in anything," Drake told the Marquette Mining Journal.

Drake played for NMU from 1988-92 and helped the Wildcats win the NCAA championship in 1991. He played 1,009 games in the National Hockey League with several teams, including Detroit, and helped the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup.

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Dennis Grall, sports editor

He now lives in Traverse City and coaches a youth hockey team.

* Joann Pocino of Iron Mountain Pine Grove has been a steady participant at area golf tournaments this year and has been caught several times by this photographer.

Despite that publicity, her husband easily trumped her notoriety by getting his picture in Sports Illustrated's July 26 issue. Larry Poncino, a retired National League umpire, is shown giving the heave-ho to Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox. SI did a story on Cox, the record holder for ejections.

The Poncinos live on Lake Louise east of Norway.

Also on that lake are former Daily Press editor Peggy Bryson and her husband Dick, along with three of their daughters, and Roger Robinson of Escanaba.

* A father-son tandem worked together in the Wishigan League baseball semifinals recently.

Kingsford manager Gary Miller was pressed into mound duty when four regulars were not available. Catching the 44-year-old hurler was his son, Jake. It was Gary's first mound effort since pitching for Florence High School in 1984.

He was the losing pitcher in a 3-2 loss to eventual champion Marinette, yielding four hits, striking out four and walking two before leaving in the seventh inning.



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