Tom Kuklinski

2014 Inductee
Tom Kuklinski, now of Hayward, grew up playing youth hockey in Mosinee, but, unlike them, Tom pursued hockey as a way of  life, in the form of coaching.  He played on nine State Championship youth teams, and participated in the 1965 National Bantam Tournament in Detroit.....

Jeff Kuklinski

2014 Inductee
Jeff Kuklinski, the youngest of the brothers carried on the family tradition of hockey including a number of State Championships at the youth level.  He was a member of the first varsity high school team in Mosinee and led the Indians twice to the WIAA State Tournament.....

Gary Kuklinski

2014 Inductee
Gary Kuklinski, along with his brothers, was raised in Mosinee where he played his youth hockey, contributing to State Championships at the Peewee and Bantam levels.  He went on to play for the Wisconsin Badgers under “Badger” Bob Johnson, winning a full scholarship after making the varsity lineup.

John Hack

2015 Inductee
John Hack was born, raised and spent his entire working life in Superior, and, by his own admission, came late to the party of ice hockey.  Though he comes from a basketball family, he was influenced into the Hockey Family by his brother, whose own son played amateur hockey in Spokane, Washington, and by friends in Superior, whose own children grew up in the Superior hockey tradition.

Joe Baldarotta

2015 Inductee
Joe Baldarotta is originally from Madison, and played youth hockey for the Westmoreland Hockey Club.  He played high school hockey at Madison West High School, from where he graduated in 1974.  Following college, Baldarotta returned to Madison West as an assistant coach.  He went on to be the head coach for four seasons, compiling a record of 59-25-2.

Steve Freeman

2016 Inductee
Steve Freeman was born and raised in New Brighton, Minn., where he played his youth hockey, followed by high school hockey at tradition-rich Irondale High School.  Following graduation, Freeman went on to play junior hockey with the Minneapolis Junior Bruins, and then on to UW-Stevens Point for college hockey.

Bill McCoshen

2016 Inductee
Bill McCoshen was born and raised in Superior.  He played youth hockey for the Superior Amateur Hockey Association, and was a starting defenseman for three years for the Superior Senior High School Spartan hockey team.  Each of those three years resulted in Superior competing in the WIAA High School Hockey Championship Game, ...

Tim Coghlin

2017 Inductee
Tim Coghlin is a native of Summerland, British Columbia.  Prior to coming to the United States, he played junior hockey with Penticton of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League.  ...

John Kennedy

2017 Inductee
John Kennedy was born in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, and was raised in Milwaukee, where he played his youth hockey for Milwaukee SHAW, when the SHAW program was in its early, formative years....
  • Gregg Nelson 2011

Gregg Nelson

Nelson was born in St. Paul, Minn., where he played youth hockey in Hayden Heights and was a member of the St. Paul City champion team.  He moved to Fond du Lac while still in grade school and continued his youth hockey with Don Kohlman as his coach, playing in the very first WAHA Bantam State Tournament.  Following high school at Fond du Lac Goodrich High School, Nelson went on to play college hockey for “Badger Bob” Johnson at the University of Wisconsin.  As a right wing for the Badgers, Nelson played in 85 games, scoring 29 goals and 23 assists.  Following his collegiate career, Nelson played for the Dayton Gems in the International Hockey League, and for the Green Bay Bobcats, Iron Rangers and Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL.

His professional career involved managing the rink and coaching the high school team in Beaver Dam for seven years, and 13 years as the arena manager at the Naga-waukee Park Ice Arena, where he started and ran the WAHA Adult State tournament.   As an arena manager, Nelson served two different terms as the president of the Wisconsin Ice Arena Managers Association (WIAMA).

Nelson spent many years involved with WAHA, and was one of its first Coaching Directors, a position he held for eight years.  Among other duties in this position, he was responsible for player evaluations that led to Central District and National camps.  In later years, Nelson became a Learn to Skate instructor in the Milwaukee area, where he touched countless youth hockey players as they began their hockey playing careers.

Nelson has involved himself with other sports as well, coaching girls softball, youth baseball and soccer.  He and his wife Lynne have two sons, Noah and Ben.