Tanner Kero grew up playing hockey in the CCJHA. After a successful junior career, he was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing college hockey for Michigan Tech where he registered 55 goals, 56 assists, 111 points, and 67 penalty minutes in 153 games. In his senior year, Tanner lead the WCHA in scoring and earned the 2014–15 WCHA Player of the Year award. He was also named to the 2014–15 NCAA (West) First All-American Team. His hard work as a Husky drew attention from numerous NHL scouts, and he quickly signed a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks shortly after his college career was over. Tanner is now part of the Vancouver Canucks organization, playing for the Utica Commits.
Tanner comes from a long line of hockey players. His grandfather was Jim Markham, a copper country hockey legend. Jim spent numerous years playing and behind the bench coaching. In addition, he was involved with the CCJHA, MAHA, the Kenner Dome, Dee Stadium, and the Houghton County arenas. Jim and his wife Margaret had 5 daughters and 8 sons, most of which played hockey locally, and now have children and grandchildren playing hockey locally. The Markham name is synonymous with Copper Country hockey. Both Jim and Margaret have passed away, but their legacy lives on through their children and grandchildren.
The Father's Day flood on June 17, 2018 brought nearly 10" of rain in about 5 hours to some parts of the Keweenaw. The deluge washed away roads, flooded homes, and left devastation in its wake. Many families and businesses lost everything, but none lost more than the Markham family. Twelve-year-old Thatcher Markham, son of Rodney and Joanne Markham, from Houghton, was critically injured when a devastating mudslide tore through their home. After a heroic effort to get him to the hospital while dealing with a crumbling house and washed out roads, Thatcher was airlifted to Ann Arbor. Sadly, he passed away on Monday, June 18.
In memory of his cousin Thatcher, and his grandparents Jim, and Margaret Markham, Tanner Kero has generously offered to provide scholarship money for families in need to allow them to participate in the CCJHA.
The CCJHA would like to invite anyone interested and able to help build a scholarship fund to allow those in need to play youth hockey.
Thanks for you time, and our thoughts and prayers, and thanks go out to the Markham family.