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Dedicated to the youth of his community, this outstanding builder's career spanned five decades and saw contributions in a variety of athletic activities. Known by the sports community as "Fosh" he started his building career as an Assistant coach in the late 1930s in the East End Minor Hockey League. Coaching within the East End Hockey chain at all levels for over a decade, he led the East End Juveniles to the city and twin city championships title in 1941-42.

At the junior level, Fosh served behind the bench for the East End Juniors, West End Bruins and the Fort William Hurricanes. Contributing his talents along the north shore, he also spent a season coaching the Schreiber Intermediate club. Other involvement at the Intermediate level included two seasons with the Pepsi Pete's and managing the Fort William Forts to a district championship title. In senior hockey action, Fosh enjoyed success as manager with the Fort William Beavers, claiming the 1970 Thunder Bay Senior Hockey League title, ending a long reign of their rival Port Arthur Bearcats.

During the summer months Fosh could always be found on the local diamonds, coaching baseball and softball for the East Ends, adding yet more championship titles to his record of success. He also contributed his talents to the East End Athletic Association, as an Executive Member of the Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association and as a member of the Fort William Gardens Board of Directors.

Not surprisingly, Mike's outstanding contributions have earned him honours from a variety of sources including the Fort William Minor Hockey Association, the Royal Canadian Legion (1974 Senior Sportsman Award), the Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association (1991 Meritorious Award) and the City of Thunder Bay (1990 Citizen of Exceptional Achievement Award).

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 30, 1995

Mike "Fosh" Kostick

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