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, ...
  • 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.