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, ...
  • Louis Erickson - 1999
Louis Erickson of Shorewood was one of the early promoters of hockey in the State of Wisconsin, Erickson would coach kids who would later become the founding generation of the modern era of ice hockey in the Badger State.

 A graduate of Carroll College where he won fifteen letters, Erickson went on to coach hockey, football, tennis, track, cross country and basketball at the high school level, as well as serving as the athletic director at Shorewood High School for 27 years.

Erickson  started ice hockey at Shorewood High in 1927 with the Milwaukee River serving as the ice sheet.  After losing the rink numerous times to January thaws, he  managed to have the rink moved to one of the high school’s athletic fields in order to provide a safer and more stable environment on which to play the game.  Players from his teams went on to play college, senior and club hockey.  Erickson organized the Southeastern Prep Hockey League which included teams from Wauwatosa, St. Francis, Milwaukee Country Day, Messmer, St. John’s, Northwestern Prep and Marquette.

Erickson  directly affected the lives of many young men in all sports, but paid particular attention to hockey and was labeled in at least one news article as a “hockey nut”.  He not only passed on a love of the sport on the ice, but also took many of his players to Chicago for Blackhawk games at his own expense.
 
Besides coaching hundreds of players during his career, he made the ice sheet available to hundreds of more youngsters and developed new players by encouraging and teaching skating and hockey skills.  Promoting the sport of hockey, Erickson helped other teams in the metro area such as the Milwaukee Flyers and the Milwaukee Buicks, and encouraged amateur play by organizing a county adult league for Sunday afternoon.