Hall of Fame Huskies
HOUGHTON – Six individuals and the 1974-75 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship team will join the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony in November. The individuals are former football player Bill Hauswirth, former basketball players JT Luginski and Andrea Novak, former hockey players Brent Peterson and Scott White, and former Nordic skier Tom Wood.
The 1975 team will be the third to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after the 1962 (2012) and 1965 (2014) National Championship teams were inducted. The 1975 team finished with a 32-10-0 record and defeated the University of Minnesota 6-1 at St. Louis Arena to capture the third national title in school history. The Huskies won the WCHA Tournament after finishing second in the WCHA regular season. The team was coached by United States Hockey and Michigan Tech Hall of Famer John MacInnes and featured current Michigan Tech Hall of Famers Mike Zuke, Bob D’Alvise, Bill Steele, George Lyle, Stu Ostlund, Robert Lorimer, Bruce Horsch, and Jim Warden.
Below are brief biographies of each of the individual inductees:
Bill Hauswirth, donned a Michigan Tech football uniform from 1982-85, where he was a two-time All-GLIAC selection as a wide receiver-including receiving GLIAC First Team honors in 1983. He ranks first all-time in the Huskies’ record book for career receiving touchdowns with 24. Hauswirth, a native of Houghton, ranks third in Tech history with 141 receptions and 2,229 receiving yards.
JT Luginiski played in a school record 121 games from 1999-2003. He also holds school records for best career field goal percentage (58.6), most blocked shots in a career (162) and season (51), and most personal fouls (227) in a career. Luginski was named an All-American in 2002-03, was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, NABC First Team All-Region pick, two-time GLIAC First Team selection, and GLIAC Second Team selection. He was also a three-time GLIAC All-Academic selection and the team’s recipient of the Scholastic Achievement Award all four years. The native of Chesterfield, Mich., ranks eighth in scoring at Tech with 1,685 points, fifth in rebounds with 747, and eighth in steals with 113.
Andrea Novak was a four-year letterwinner for the women’s basketball team from 2000-04 and currently sits third all-time in scoring with 1,710 points. As a senior, she was named an All-American and the GLIAC Player of the Year. The native of Brown Deer, Wis., was also twice named a CoSIDA Academic All-American and a three-time GLIAC First Team selection. Novak holds records for most games scoring 30 or more points (3) and average points per game for a season (19.0). She is also ranked third in career free throw percentage (84.6), fourth in career field goal percentage (52.5), and 11th in career rebounds (578).
Brent Peterson played hockey for the Huskies from 1991-95 as a left winger. He played in 158 career games, tallying 80 goals and 64 assists. His 144 career points rank him 24th at Tech. Peterson was a WCHA Honorable Mention in 1994, a three-time WCHA All-Academic selection and team captain as a senior. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native holds the record for most game-tying goals in a season with six and scored four goals against Northern Michigan on October 30, 1995. Peterson received the Merv Youngs Award as the team MVP during the 1994-95 season, the Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award twice, the George McCarthy Performance Award (Scholastic and Athletic Achievement) in 1992-93, and the Norbert Matovich Memorial Award (Outstanding Freshman) as a freshman. He was Drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 1993 NHL Supplemental Draft, playing 56 NHL games over a three-season span. Peterson then spent four seasons in Europe, playing for teams in Switzerland and Germany.
Scott White played 154 games in a Michigan Tech uniform from 1985-89. He also served as an assistant coach for the Huskies from 1994-99. White, originally from Ormstown, Quebec, racked up 93 points on 20 goals and 73 assists from the blue line and ranks sixth all-time in defensemen scoring at Tech. He was a three-time WCHA All-Academic selection and received the Norbert Matovich Memorial Award as the team’s outstanding freshman after the 1985-86 campaign. White was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in the sixth round of the 1986 draft and went on to play a five-year professional career. Following his playing career, White entered the coaching ranks with stints as an assistant at Tech, assistant with Greensboro, and head coach of the ECHL’s Colombia Inferno for four seasons. In May 2013, White was named the director of hockey operations for the Dallas Stars of the NHL where he presently serves. He is also the general manager of the Texas Stars (AHL) and is the only general manager in the history of the club.
Tom Wood was a four-time All-American from 1989-91-one of only three All-American men’s skiers in Husky history. He was also a three-time Academic All-American and was the national runner-up at the 1991 NCSA Championships. He finished third at the 1989 championships and has two other top 10 performances. Wood, a native of Rhinelander, Wis., was a two-time individual regional champion and led the Huskies to a team regional championship with Paul Saldin. He was twice named the team’s most valuable skier after the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons and was a captain of the ’92 team. His son Daniel currently skis for the Huskies.