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, ...
  • Bill McCoshen - 2016
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, with Superior winning two of them in 1981 and 1982, and finishing as the runner-up in 1983.  McCoshen spent his college freshman year at UW-Superior and then transferred to UW-Madison, from which he graduated with a degree in political science in 1987.  Though he spent only one year at UW-Superior, McCoshen was later named a distinguished alumnus of that institution.

Following his graduation, Bill McCoshen’s professional career would gravitate to politics.  At age 27, McCoshen was the youngest gubernatorial Chief of Staff in the United States.  At age 29, he was the youngest cabinet secretary ever appointed in Wisconsin history.
 
Prior to being appointed Secretary of Development, McCoshen managed Governor Tommy Thompson’s historic third term campaign victory.  The landslide 68% victory in 1994 was the largest margin since 1922 and the second highest in State history.  McCoshen was named Wisconsin’s first Commerce Secretary after a major government reorganization in 1996.

As his family grew, so also did McCoshen’s life-long love for the sport of ice hockey.  Though busy in his professional life, he created many opportunities for youth skaters across the State.  He was president of the Southwest (Verona) Hockey Association for several years.  He is the founder of the Kohlman Cup Peewee Tournament and co-founder and past Board member of the Wisconsin Elite Hockey League (WEHL).  McCoshen is a past General Manager and assistant coach of the Team Wisconsin 16U boys team.  During his five TW years, three of the 16U teams qualified for the National Tournament.

McCoshen is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League, and Chairman of the North American Hockey League Board of Governors.  McCoshen’s aim with Jets, the WEHL and the Kohlman Cup remains to be greater participation for kids from across the State of Wisconsin.   In the words of Waterloo Black Hawks Head Coach and General Manager, P.K. O’Handley:  “He loves his state; he is about the game and the kids who play it.”

McCoshen was twice named One of the Most Influential People in Madison.  He is also a past member of the Wisconsin Alumni Association Board and Past Chairman of the Keep Wisconsin Warm Campaign, and is a past member of the Pettit National Ice Center Board.

McCoshen is the Managing Partner of Capitol Consultants, Inc., a top government affairs firm, and the co-founder and Partner of Capitol Opinion, a public policy research firm.  He and his wife Carol have been married 26 years and have three children, Patrick, Regan and Cale.