Inductee Profile

Josh Engel

2017

Josh graduated from Rice Lake High School in 2003 as a four-year letter winner for the Warrior hockey team. He scored 79 points in his Warrior career – 27 goals and 52 assists. In 2003, he was named First Team All State, Big Rivers Conference 1st Team, Big Rivers Co-Player of the Year, All Northwest Wisconsin 1st Team, and Team Wisconsin Selection. Playing for Team Wisconsin, Josh was named the best defenseman at the Chicago Showcase in 2003. Following high school, Josh was accepted to play at the Junior A level of hockey as a 1st Round Draft Pick of the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL, the highest level of Junior A hockey in the country. After a year with the Gamblers in Green Bay, Josh accepted a scholarship to play for the Wisconsin Badgers. In 2006, he played on the Wisconsin NCAA National Championship team and will be remembered in Badger hockey history as the player who ‘gave his all on the ice and best represents the Badger trademarks of good sportsmanship, integrity and team spirit’. For those reasons, Josh received the 2008 Jim Santulli 7th Man Award. Following college, he was drafted to play professional hockey by the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, starting with the Gwinnett Gladiators in ECHL during the 2008-09 season. Josh also played with Providence, Reading, and finally the Toronto Marlies of the AHL; the Triple A level of professional hockey. He was invited to the Maple Leafs training camp and played in many pre-season NHL games, while being assigned to the Marlies. His pro career included 22 goals and 30 assists. He is the only professional hockey player in the history of Rice Lake. After ending his pro career, Josh became a hockey coach and instructor at Hartland-Arrowhead High School. He is currently the head coach of the Rice Lake Warrior hockey program. Josh and is wife Rachel and family currently reside in the Rice Lake area.

Josh Engel