Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame names 2010 inductees
The board of directors of the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame has named its inductees for 2010. Selected for induction to the Hall Saturday, Sept. 11 in Eagle River are Kurt Steiner of Green Bay, John Galloway of Neenah, and Skip Semandel of West Allis.
Kurt Steiner was born in Chicago, Ill., and spent his adult life raising his family in the Green Bay area. Steiner was instrumental in the establishment of Allouez Youth Hockey and as an instructor in the Allouez Youth Hockey Learn to Skate Program. He was a member of both the Allouez and De Pere Youth Hockey Boards, and coached Squirt level hockey at both Allouez and De Pere, winning “A” level state championships for both clubs. Steiner also served as commissioner of coaches and treasurer for De Pere youth hockey.
From local associations, Steiner moved on to become a member of the Brown County Hockey Board, while working as a fund raiser for youth hockey programs in the Brown County area. He developed and was the administrator of the Joe Decker Hockey Youth Man of the Year Trust Fund. Steiner became a member of the WAHA Board of Directors, a post that he held as a regional director from Region 3 for 12 years.
Steiner’s non-hockey activities included fund raising for various charities and Little League. He was also very active in his church as both a board member and treasurer. Steiner also coached baseball for Ashwaubenon and Lutheran High School, and started the De Pere soccer and girls softball programs.
A native of Fond du Lac, Wis., Galloway settled in Neenah after service in World War II, and graduation from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1964, Galloway was one of the founders of the Neenah Hockey Club, which would become Neenah Youth Hockey. With the growth of youth hockey in the area, Galloway helped engineer the merger of the Neenah and Appleton programs into Fox Valley Youth Hockey, one of the largest youth hockey programs in the state of Wisconsin. With the uncertainties of weather, Galloway procured indoor ice in Green Bay, but the growth of hockey eventually left the association out in the cold due to demand. Moving the outdoor rink to a parking lot allowed Galloway and his fellow pioneers a better surface for ice and boards and a means to place new poles for lights. Galloway and his fellow volunteers began their program on outdoor rinks that they created and helped hundreds of youngsters into the sport of ice hockey. Galloway’s assistance and generosity eventually led to saving and increased utilization of the Tri County Arena.
In 1975, heart problems forced Galloway to cut back on much of his hockey volunteer activity, but he continued his involvement as a head coach to insure that volunteers were giving boys and girls a total hockey experience. Whether it was tying skates, raising funds, flooding the rink or serving hot chocolate to kids chilled by the winds from Lake Winnebago, Galloway was there to help nurture and grow the sport. He used his leadership abilities to not only teach players to skate, pass and check, but to use the life lessons learned on the hockey rink to help them in their persona) lives.
Semandel is a native of Stratford, Wis. and has spent his adult life in the Milwaukee area. He became involved with ice hockey when his sons began public skating at the State Fair Park Ice Rink. In 1971, after registering his boys with Milwaukee SHAW, Semandel became very involved with the SHAW organization during its formative years. Over the next few years he served his association as a coach, manager, travel team director, referee, director of coaches and two years as president of the association. As a youth coach, Semandel won three WAHA state championships.
As his children grew up, Semandel went on to be someone of the best referees in the Milwaukee area. In 1990, he became the coach of the Milwaukee Flyers in the Badger State League, where his team won three league championships in ten years. He served as coach and manager of the team until 2005. Semandel continues to serve SHAW as the alumni director and a member of the development program. The Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1975 and is housed in the Eagle River Arena.
The Hall was established to honor outstanding individual’s responsible fur the development and success of amateur hockey in Wisconsin.
The ceremonies in Eagle River include a golf tournament, banquet and the induction ceremony. All events are open to the public. Questions about tickets can be directed to Joe Boxrucker at 715-479-9772 or to Don Mulder, 920-922-3252. To obtain a brochure by mail or e-mail, contact John Hack bye-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 218-391-2301.