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, ...
  • Florian Kuklinski -1979
Florian Kuklinski was a player, coach and youth hockey "Founding Father," from Mosinee, Wisconsin.

He grew up playing hockey in the late 1930's and early 40's on the Wisconsin River in Mosinee.  In 1944, Florian left high school and joined the U.S. Naval Service.  During World War II, he served on a Land Service Transport vessel in the Pacific Ocean and was honorably discharged in 1946.  After the war, he enrolled in construction classes at Wausau Vocational School and later worked in Mosinee as a carpenter for his father Ed Kuklinski.  Eventually, Florian took over his father's construction business. 

 "KUK" as he was nicknamed, was a player on the 1949 State Champion Mosinee Papermakers Senior Hockey Team.  He played for the Mosinee Paper Makers on several Wisconsin Michigan League and Wisconsin State Championship Teams through the 1950' and into the early 1960's.  He eventually became the head coach of the Papermakers in the mid 1960's and later in the mid 1970's when they won state championships in 1975 and 1976.  Both years Kuklinski took his these teams to the U.S. senior intermediate national tournament.
    
Kuklinski organized and coached the Mosinee Youth Hockey Program in the 1960's that continues to this day.  His teams had their greatest success during the sixties. The Pee Wees won state tournaments in ’62,’63 and ’65; the Bantams in ’64,’65, and ’67; the Midgets in ’67 and ’68; Juveniles in ’69 and the Juniors in 1968.  Florian helped Mosinee become the “Hockey Capital of Wisconsin.” by developing State Championship youth teams, and earning participation in the U.S.A. National Youth Hockey Tournaments. Because of Kuk's fundraising leadership, Mosinee state championship youth teams played in the Nationals in Detroit, Michigan and Fort Wayne, Indiana.

During Florian's hockey career, he also refereed senior, youth and WIAA High School hockey.  In 1979, he was chosen to referee in the WIAA High School State Tournament.  Florian was not only an organizer, hockey coach, player and referee, but he also built and donated a set of hockey boards for the Mosinee outdoor rink.  In the early 1970's, he also worked with other members of the community to develop a plan for the city's Recreation Center that presently is the home of Mosinee Area Youth Hockey, Mosinee High School Hockey and the Mosinee Papermakers.