Tim Coghlin (front row, second from left) was among the first Shuswap Totems’ players to join their ranks for their inaugural 1982-83 season. Coghlin went on to make hockey a central part of his life, coaching university hockey with the St. Norbert College varsity team since 1994. Recently, Coghlin was added to the list of the top 100 coaches in university ice hockey, with the second highest win percentage of all time at .757, and was presented by B.C. Hockey with the Pat Quinn Coaching Award in 2018 for his success. (Image contributed)

Tim Coghlin (front row, second from left) was among the first Shuswap Totems’ players to join their ranks for their inaugural 1982-83 season. Coghlin went on to make hockey a central part of his life, coaching university hockey with the St. Norbert College varsity team since 1994. Recently, Coghlin was added to the list of the top 100 coaches in university ice hockey, with the second highest win percentage of all time at .757, and was presented by B.C. Hockey with the Pat Quinn Coaching Award in 2018 for his success. (Image contributed)

Former Shuswap Totems hockey player earns honour of having rink named after him

Tim Coghlin played with the Totems in their 1982-83 season, has coached in Wisconsin for 28 years

A former Shuswap Totems hockey player continues to collect accolades in the hockey world.

The Totems were Salmon Arm’s first Junior A team, and Tim Coghlin played a prominent role during that inaugural 1982-83 season.

Moving south of the border since then, Coghlin has been at the helm of St. Norbert’s Division III Men’s hockey program at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin for 28 years. His Green Knights have won 600 games and five national championships.

In December 2021, in a special pre-game ceremony, Rink 1 at the community centre where the teams play was named the Tim Coghlin Rink to honour his legacy.

Salmon Arm’s Gord Mackintosh, who landed the Totems Junior A team for the town and served as general manager, raves about him.

The town was lucky to get Coghlin, he said. Penticton was the dominant team in the league at the time but Coghlin chose Salmon Arm.

“He was such a great guy. We were really lucky – we were a first-year expansion team so to get a guy like him to come… He was a natural leader, he was the first captain of the team.”

Tim Coghlin, a former Shuswap Totems hockey player, was honoured in December 2021 with the naming of a rink after him in his community of St. Norbert, Wisconsin. (St. Norbert College photo)

Tim Coghlin, a former Shuswap Totems hockey player, was honoured in December 2021 with the naming of a rink after him in his community of St. Norbert, Wisconsin. (St. Norbert College photo)

At that time, the Totems played in the Memorial Arena – now used mostly for soccer.

Mackintosh said Coghlin was a great ambassador for Salmon Arm and the team, and it was clear he was going to be successful in his career.

Coghlin, who’s from Summerland, was presented in 2018 with the B.C. Hall of Fame’s Pat Quinn Coaching award for his outstanding success with the St. Norbert varsity team.

He also holds a phenomenal overall coaching win record of .771, or 77 per cent.

In an interview with the Observer in 2014, Coghlin said he recruits heavily from B.C. and still keeps in touch with his billet family and others in Salmon Arm.

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