Now Mike Oughton is Headed to ISU’s Hall of Fame
Mike Oughton remembers his very first Blackhawks hockey game. It was back in the 1960s, when he was a 10-year-old who had developed a love of the ice, the puck and the goals. His coach at the Saddle and Cycle Club took a bunch of players to a game at the old Chicago Stadium.
Back then, Oughton remembers, there
were only six teams in the league and players didn’t wear helmets or masks. But the excitement in the rink fueled his fire, and there were more games to come. It was an era of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. “These guys were my idols,” he said.
He and Rhonda are moving back to Dwight now that his children are older and he can care for his elderly mother, China. They have three children: China, 27, a psychologist, named after her grandmother; Corbett, 23, who works at Medline in Chicago in a business position; and Carson, a junior also pursuing a business degree at Robert Morris University in Chicago. While all three were involved in sports — volleyball, football and wrestling — none followed their dad into hockey.