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, ...
  • Don Wahlin - 2007

Wahlin was born in Waupaca and raised in Madison where he played youth hockey with various groups. He went on to play high school hockey for Madison Central. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and left after two years to become a pilot in the United States Air Force. Returning from active duty, Wahlin went on to complete his mechanical engineering degree in Madison. He bought the bankrupt firm for which he worked and turned it into Stoughton Trailers, a company that has grown into a leader in the mass production of trailers.

Wahlin’s growing family and continuing interest in ice hockey led to his co-founding of the Stoughton Youth Hockey Association in 1970. Wahlin’s generosity was not limited to Stoughton, but also included other associations. He donated money and equipment to other associations like Sun Prairie. As his children grew and continued playing hockey, his interest grew, and as his children began coaching and grandchildren got into the sport, his generosity continued. During the winter, Wahlin would set up hockey boards in the pond in his backyard which was used by youth players and high school players from Edgewood. In 1991, Wahlin committed $100,000 for the construction of the Mandt Community Center in Stoughton. Several years later, he co-signed a bank note that would lead to completion of the facility. Construction of this arena ultimately helped a “C” level program grow from 40 skaters in 1989 to an “A” level club of more than 200 skaters, less than 10 years later. Subsequent to the construction of the facility, his further monetary, equipment and in-kind donations led to enhancement of the building and its continued successful operation.

Wahlin’s business grew and prospered over four decades and became the economic force in Stoughton, employing over 1,700 people in three communities. In 1994, Wahlin was named Stoughton Citizen of the Year along with his wife Carol, and in 2000, he was inducted into the Stoughton Hall of Fame. Wahlin’s service in the Air Force and Air National Guard continued as his company grew, and he saw stand-by service during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Wahlin and his wife Carol have eight children: Bill, Ken, Dan, Kate, Mike, Margaret, Betsy and Bob.