Clarence "Taffy" Abel Arena is a 4,000-seat hockey arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. It is home to the Lake Superior State University Lakers ice hockey team of the CCHA. The arena is part of the Norris Center student athletic complex, which was built in 1976 and includes the 2,500-seat Cooper Gymnasium and other sports facilities for the school. The arena itself dates back to 1976; it was renovated and remodeled to its current larger form in the summer of 1995 following the Lakers' run of three national championships and eight straight NCAA tournament appearances, which continued into the first year of the arena. It was named after American ice hockey player Clarence "Taffy" Abel, who was born in Sault Ste. Marie.
Both Abel Arena and Cooper Gym are available for other events, including high school basketball and hockey.
Taffy Abel: A Sault Sensation: Part Chippewa and All Business, Hockey Defenseman Taffy Abel Never Backed Down from a Challenge on the Ice-An Attitude That Earned Him a Place on the Stanley Cup
Mar 01, 2013; [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Born in Sault Ste. Marie on May 28, 1900, Clarence "Taffy" Abel was the first American--and American...