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.

  • LeRoy Lee - 1998
LeRoy Lee was born in Erskine, Minn. and played high school hockey at Edina High School and college hockey at Augsburg College in the Twin Cities.  A defenseman throughout his high school and college career, Lee served as the captain for the Auggie hockey team in his junior and senior years.

As a builder of Wisconsin Hockey, Lee was a co-founder of the Ashland Youth Hockey Association.  He served as the group’s first president from 1969-1972, and is commonly referred to as the “godfather” of hockey in Ashland.  He formed the first city team, the Ashland Blades, which traveled throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota competing against other teams.

Lee has coached at all levels during his career, from mini-mites to high school, and many of his teams have reached the state tournament.  Lee has also served as a referee at all levels since 1969.  Lee helped found the Bay Area Youth Hockey Association in 1983 and was instrumental in raising a half-million dollars toward construction of Ashland’s first indoor ice arena, the Bay Area Civic Center, which opened in 1986.
Lee served on active duty in the United States Coast Guard and in the USCG Active Reserve.  Moving to Ashland in 1967, Lee began work for the North Wisconsin Abstract Company, which he later purchased and continues to operate.  He is an active member of the Chequamegon Board of Realtors.  Over the course of his residence in Ashland, Lee coached and was president of the Ashland Little League Baseball Association, was president of the Ashland Rotary Club, a member  of the City of Ashland Park Board and served on the Boards of Directors of  Northland Bank, the City of Ashland Water Utility Commission and the Bay Area Civic Center.  He was selected Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year and VFW Person of the Year.