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....
  • Dean Desotell - 1999

A life-long resident of Green Bay, Dean Desotell played high school hockey in Green Bay’s city recreation league in the 1940s and went on to play for the Green Bay Hornets in the Fox Valley League before serving in the United States Army from 1952-1953.

After military service, Desotell returned to his home town and began over 40 years of active service to the sport of ice hockey by serving as a Hockey Supervisor for the Green Bay Park and Recreation Department at various outdoor rinks in the city. With more than 30 years in this position at Colburn Park, Desotell directly affected over 250 kids per year, passing on skills, knowledge, and, most of all, a love of the game in which he has been involved most of his life. His job included instruction, supervision, organization, promotion, publicity, officiating, statistics keeping and teaching. During his tenure, he had most of all a direct effect on many youngsters through his coaching.

Desotell was instrumental in the formation of organized hockey in Brown County in 1972 and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Brown County Youth Hockey Association. This organization was responsible for the effort which resulted in an indoor ice facility for the county.

Desotell was active in the formation of the West Side Hockey Club in 1973 and served as a member of its advisory board for 10 years. During this time, he also coached the West Side Bantam B All-Star Traveling Team and took a number of these teams to state tournaments. He went on to coach the Premontre High School junior varsity team from 1977-1978.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Desotell continued on as the Hockey Supervisor at Colburn Park, putting in approximately 25 hours per week working with youngsters of all ages, while still working his full-time job as a foreman at Green Bay Structural Steel, as well as serving as the recording secretary for his local union for more than 25 years. Desotell was also active with his church and with the Boy Scouts of America during this time.