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.

  • Gene Richter - 1982
Gene Richter, a native of Eagle River, did it all. He served as janitor, ice maker, bus driver, player, coach and organizer at all levels of hockey. Local people claim were it not for Richter hockey may have never advanced and prospered as it has. He was an outstanding defenseman with the Eagle River Northernaires senior team starting in 1947 and continuing for 12 years.

During this time he also coached youth teams and often more than one per year. His 1962 Pee Wee team and his 1963 Juvenile team won state titles. Richter coached several players who later played college hockey including Jim Petruzates, Tom Obrodovich, Chuck Alward and Tom Chuckel at the University of Wisconsin; Craig Ludwig at North Dakota and Joe Sparks at Michigan Tech.

From 1947 until he retired from hockey in 1973, Richter left a legacy that will long remembered in Eagle River.