It’s not often that a news story from the Marquette Mining Gazette tells the story of someone who you and I don’t know played a huge role in Red Wings team history, but here’s just that from the Mining Gazette’s Stephen Anderson:
Gordie Howe’s illustrious professional hockey career spanned five decades, but if it wasn’t for Baraga native Carl Mattson, Howe’s career may have lasted just five years. Howe fractured his skull during the 1950 playoffs, and Mattson, the Detroit Red Wings head trainer was the first one on the ice to attend to Howe, playing an influential role in treating Howe’s life-threatening injury, which required emergency surgery.
That’s one of many stories of the unheralded Mattson, who will be posthumously inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame today. He passed away in 1985, and he’ll be one of 11 people inducted during the 41st annual induction banquet at Danforth Place in Escanaba.
“The era in which Carl worked saw very little in the way of staff...