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, ...

Tim Coghlin

2017 Inductee
Tim Coghlin is a native of Summerland, British Columbia.  Prior to coming to the United States, he played junior hockey with Penticton of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League.  ...

John Kennedy

2017 Inductee
John Kennedy was born in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, and was raised in Milwaukee, where he played his youth hockey for Milwaukee SHAW, when the SHAW program was in its early, formative years....
  • Craig Ludwig - 2002

Craig Ludwig is a native of Eagle River where he played youth hockey for the Eagle River Recreation Association and was a part of numerous state title. As a prep player at Northland Pines High School, Ludwig played on four straight WIAA State Tournament teams. He went on to play on the USA Hockey National Junior Team that toured Germany in 1979-80. A walk-on at the University of North Dakota, Ludwig won a spot on the team and was a member of the Fighting Sioux National Championship teams in his freshman and junior years. As a junior, Ludwig was named the University of North Dakota’s Most Valuable Player.

While a college freshman, Ludwig was picked 51st in the 1980 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Following his college career, he played eight years with Montreal, and was a member of the Canadien team that won the Stanley Cup in 1986. After a one-year stop with the New York Rangers, Ludwig went on to finish the balance of his 18-year NHL career with the Minnesota, and than Dallas Stars, where he was again a member of a Stanley Cup winning team in 1999. Ludwig stayed with the Dallas Stars after his retirement, working in public relations and player development.

Ludwig is well known for his generosity and willingness to share his success with various groups to help them benefit financially. Following Montreal’s Stanley Cup win in 1986, Ludwig arranged for the Canadiens to play a celebrity softball game in Eagle River for the benefit of Special Olympics and the Eagle River Recreation Association. Ludwig spent countless hours making himself and the Stanley Cup available for pictures and autographs following each of his Stanley Cup wins. In the early years of the Eagle River Hockey School, Ludwig leant his support to the school by serving as an instructor.

Even after retirement, Ludwig has done much throughout his career to bring credit to his sport, his community and himself by giving back to sport through coaching and many charitable acts connected directly and indirectly to the sport of ice hockey, and truly epitomizes all that is good in Wisconsin Hockey.