Karyn Bye

2023 Inductee
Karyn Bye was born and raised in River Falls where she played youth hockey in a generation where she needed to hide her gender to play, and, in fact, used her initials K.L. Bye as an identity, rather then her first name.

Sis Paulsen

2023 Inductee
Sis Paulsen was born and raised in Eau Claire. She played youth hockey for the Eau Claire Youth Hockey Association, and high school hockey for Eau Claire North High School.

Terry Watkins

2023 Inductee
Terry Watkins was born and raised in St. Paul, Minn., where he played youth hockey followed by high school hockey at Cretin High School.

  • Tom Doyle - 2021
Dr. Tom Doyle was born in Mineral Point, Wis., and raised in the throes of the Depression. Organized hockey and money to pay for it didn’t exist at that time, but Doyle learned to skate and play hockey on the Point Brewery Pond. After service as a dentist in the United States Air Force in Guam and Roswell, New Mexico, Doyle settled in Eagle River where he would live and raise his family.

Although he was not a native of Eagle River, he quickly became associated with very familiar Wisconsin hockey names like Spiess, Richter, Obrodovich and others who were historically active in the hockey community. When the future of the Dome, the oldest indoor hockey arena in Wisconsin, came into question, “Doc”, as he was known, jumped into the fray with others and went business to business securing names on notes to raise the $25,000 needed to purchase the arena from the Dorfman family, within the 24 hour deadline allowed.

Doyle went on to become part of virtually every project to expand and improve the arena, from adding artificial ice to raising funds for the front addition and purchasing the Zamboni. Prior to the first real Zamboni, Doyle often flooded the arena using a contraption built from a 55 gallon barrel, piping and towels to spread the water evenly. This device was even labeled as “Zamboni Driver Doc.” Doyle was a member of the Board of Directors of the Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA) and was instrumental in the establishment of the Eagle River Summer Hockey School, and the Eagle River Figure Skating School. He was a key figure in the establishment of the Youth Days Auction and he and his family spent many hours working this event to raise money for the ERRA. His overall devotion to programs like these and the Snowmobile Derby helped the citizens of Eagle River through the lean months of winter when tourists were scarce.

Doyle and others were also responsible for the establishment of the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame and he served on that Board for many years. Though he is long past his active role in these programs, Doyle’s performance helped keep hockey alive and well in Wisconsin, and his own family has gone on to pursue hockey in other states and even internationally, where his granddaughter officiated at the Junior Olympics in Switzerland.

Doyle is retired and lives in Eagle River. He and his late wife Shirley have three children, Christine, Greg and Patrick.