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Marquette Iron Rangers

The Marquette Iron Rangers were a semi-pro hockey team based in Marquette, Michigan from 1964-76. They played at the historic Palestra in Marquette. The team's name is for the large deposits of iron that are prevalent around Lake Superior in the upper peninsula of Michigan and in Northeastern Minnesota. The team is also known for the Carlson brothers -- who played the three Hanson brothers in Slapshot -- who played a season in Marquette in 1973-74. Probably the Iron Rangers' best season was 1968-69 when they topped the league with 31 wins in 38 games.