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....
  • Al Welling - 2007

Welling was born in Madison and passed away January 22, 2004. He played his youth hockey in Madison, and than as a prep player for Madison East. Following high school, he began an officiating career that would last more than 30 years. He began officiating both youth and high school hockey in 1970, and helped to found the Dane County Hockey Officials Association. Welling advanced quickly and was soon working the WIAA High School Tournament. He officiated the WIAA State Finals in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982 and 1983.

In the late 70’s, Welling began officiating in the WCHA and continued in the league for the next 16 years. While officiating in the WCHA,  received an Appreciation Award and an Outstanding Assistance Award. Welling hung up his skates after 30 years, but continued to stay involved and to help younger referees. He actually came out of retirement to officiate the Monday night adult games at Hartmeyer Arena.

In December 2003, Welling was given the Madison Area High School Coaches Award, and the Dane County Hockey Officials Association Dedicated Service Award. Welling was noted for his tremendous work ethic, and for putting the same amount of effort into the game, whether it was a high school junior varsity game, or a college championship. He evidenced a passion, an understanding and a feeling for the game that comes from more than just reading a rule book.

Welling has three children, Michael, Patricia and Richard.