Detroit Red Wings playing in U.P. Thursday night

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CALUMET, MI (WILX) -- The Detroit Red Wings are playing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in a 106-year-old ice rink in Calumet that seats just 700 people.

That's because the Calumet Colosseum was named the winner of the annual Kraft Hockeyville competition where communities compete to demonstrate their commitment to the sport of ice hockey.

While most of the yoopers in attendance are hoping the Red Wings win the preseason match-up against the St. Louis Blues, the small town of Calumet has already won.

Besides hosting the big preseason game, the rink also won $150,000 in upgrades and $10,000 in equipment.

"I can't say how impressed I was with the Red Wings players, the Blues players, how much time they took with our students. As we were escorting the students back to school, every student walked out of here with sheets and jerseys full of autographs," Chris Davidson, Calumet, Laurium, Keweenaw school district superintendent, said.

This is not the first time the U.P. has won the Kraft Hockeyville competition.

Marquette's Lakeview Arena won in 2016 and hosted a game between the Hurricanes and Sabres.

Puck drops for Thursday night's game at 7 p.m.

You can watch the game between the Red Wings and Blues on NBC Sports.

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