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, ...
  • Pete Susens - 2012

Pete Susens was born in Superior where he played his youth hockey for the Superior Amateur Hockey Association (SAHA). Though he played junior varsity hockey only thru his sophomore year, the Superior coach, Tom Saterdalen, asked him to become the team manager as a junior, and this led to his interest in coaching. That interest turned to a passion that led to coaching hockey for more than 30 years. His coaching career began early as he coached youth hockey at Squirts and Peewees for SAHA while still attending the University of Wisconsin-Superior. As the assistant Peewee coach, his team won the State Tournament and participated in Nationals.

After graduating from college, Susens’ high school coaching career actually began with freshman basketball and girls softball at Wauzeka High School. In 1977, Susens moved to Wausau West High School to teach business education, and became a non-paid assistant hockey coach and the freshman baseball coach. Within a year, he assumed the head hockey coach’s position, a position he has held ever since.

As the high school coach at West, Susens has accumulated more than 500 wins, 9 conference championships, 11 State Tournament appearances, three State second place finishes and a State Championship. As a measure of accomplishment against many other great high school coaches in the State of Wisconsin, Susens’ high school teams have won more high school games than any other coach.

Outside of his high school team, Susens has spent countless hours working with hockey players as they advance through WAHA development programs. His guidance wasn’t restricted just to hockey, but to all of the other life lessons that one gets on the rink, in the locker room and in the class room. Susens has become deeply involved in his community not only as a member of the hockey family, but also as a teacher, counselor and friend.

Susens is also an avid golfer and softball player, and was part of the All Car-Green Bay team that won the 1994 fast-pitch softball world championship. He has played on many softball teams that have won State titles in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He has coached other sports at West including baseball, a sport he played from little league through college. At UW-Superior, Susens lettered in baseball all four years and was named WSUC All-conference as a senior.

Susens was recently awarded the UW-Superior Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement award by the UW-Superior Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Superior Athletic and Academic Hall of Fame in the Spring of 2012.

Susens and his wife Kim have two children, Kristin and David.