Bob Peschel

2021 Inductee
Bob Peschel grew up far from the Badger State, but his love for hockey began in his native New Jersey, where he learned to play on the frozen pond, and where he learned how to become the grinder, a title that he would carry on into his future life.

Judy Ferwerda

2021 Inductee
There can be no discussion about girls hockey and the growth of girls hockey without the subject of Madison native Judy Ferwerda being brought into that discussion.

Cal Roadhouse

2021 Inductee
Cal Roadhouse was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada and grew up playing hockey in Calgary.  As a player, he was a member of the Wichita Wind of the Central Hockey League, and then played in the International Hockey League for the Milwaukee Admirals.

Tom Doyle

2021 Inductee
Dr. Tom Doyle was born in Mineral Point, Wis., and raised in the throes of the Depression. Organized hockey and money to pay for it didn’t exist at that time, but Doyle learned to skate and play hockey on the Point Brewery Pond.
  • Don Bradford - 2009

Don was born in Rhinelander and raised in Eagle River, where he played youth and high school hockey in a storied hockey town.  In 1964 he lived out a “Hoosiers” moment when his high school team traveled to Madison and claimed the then unofficial Wisconsin high school state title. Don attended UW-Superior and continued his playing career with UWS and later the Eagle River Northernaires Senior Men’s team.  In 1969 Don moved to Wausau and after spending two years in the military, taught Business and Accounting at Wausau West High School from 1974-1980.  Don took over the hockey coaching duties at West in 1975.  From 1975 through 1978 Don compiled a record of 13-42 with a new and very inexperienced group of kids.  Few of his players had youth hockey experience, so in 1978 Don turned his efforts to that youth program.  Don focused on the “learn to skate” program, working to attract, and hook, more kids in hockey. 

 
Over the next 30 years Don coached all levels of youth hockey, including stints as head coach for his three sons.  He unselfishly served the Marathon County Youth Hockey Association as a head coach and board member for many years earning the President’s award for service to the Association three times.  Don’s vision and work were key factors in the efforts of the MCYHA to partner with the Marathon County Park Department and the city of Wausau to successfully construct the second sheet of ice at Marathon Park in  1985.  Don literally helped build the rink with his two hands.  He and many others volunteered their time, talents, and materials to build the rink.  Long after his kids were finished in youth hockey, Don has continued to coach at the squirt and pee wee levels.  During his years of coaching youth hockey, he has positively touched the lives of hundreds of youth hockey players and their families, always with the message of skills first and fun a close second.  Winning has never been a goal or even a priority for Don, a certified level 4 Advanced coach, while coaching youth hockey.  Yet his teams have been successful because of his dedication and ability to improve the skill level of all of his players.
 
Don also served the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association as an active and innovative Region 2 Board of Director from 1985 to 2007 and again from 2010 to the present. During this time he designed the current WAHA logo, directed the mite state tournament, coordinated player development, revised tournament seeding and guidelines and compiled the WAHA booklet.  Don has continued to schedule the state play downs for Region 2 annually.  Don also served as the Bantam Elite Player Development Camp Director from 1991 through 2006.  This development camp was a model for USA Hockey.  Don also served as team leader for the USA Hockey Central District team that participated in the USA Hockey National Select 15 Festival from 1994-1997.  For his service to the hockey community, Don was awarded the George Bauman Friends of Hockey Award presented each year by the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association.