ISHOF has officially announced the annual inductees to the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame as part of the new Class of 2020.
For 31 years, this prestigious Hall of Fame honor is bestowed upon the incoming class of annual recipients in recognition for their achievements for the sport of Snowmobiling; as awarded each year from select categories that include:
• Inventors, Designers & Manufacturers • Explorers & Adventurers • Trail & Program Developers • Volunteers & Club Organizers • Publishers & Journalists
John Prusak, New Hope, Minnesota - Publisher & Journalist
John has fond memories of riding relatives’ and friends’ sleds, even though his parents had gotten rid of their snowmobiles when he was young, causing him to miss out on the “golden era” of snowmobiling. John’s background in snowmobiling is fairly recent compared to some of the other ISHOF inductees. Make no mistake when motorsports is in your blood and you’re from the Midwest, snowmobiles will become a big part of your life. Putting his journalist skills to work John plays a major role in keeping all facets of snowmobiling alive and well.
In 1993, John started at what was then Ehlert Publishing as an Associate Editor for Snowmobile Magazine, Snow Goer, Snow Week and Snowmobile Business. He was promoted quickly through the ranks. By 1995 he was Managing Editor and then went on to be the lead Editor of all four publications in 1996. John’s enthusiasm and journalist talents were needed and couldn’t be contained to only snow related motorsports. In 2002, he was promoted outside of the Snowmobile group as Associate Publisher of other magazines such as Powersports Business, Boating Industry and more. Ultimately everybody who knows John knows snowmobiling is his passion. So in 2003 he was promoted once again to Publisher of the Snowmobile Group, and concurrently also served for periods of time as editor/publisher of ATV Magazine, ATV Sport, UTV Magazine, Trailer Life and other publications.
To date, in John’s 27 year career, he has participated in 27 Rode Reports/Snow Shoot testing events, 27 consecutive Hay Days events, 25 Eagle River Derby events, 24 of the last 26 Big East Powersports Shows, more than a dozen International Snowmobile Congresses and many other major snowmobile events. You name it ... wherever
people gather at a major snowmobile venue, John will be there covering the story. In addition, John has personally ridden snowmobiles in 23 states and provinces, and has attended events in an additional 7 states and provinces where he hasn’t snowmobiled (yet). John learned early on from his predecessors, John Ehlert and Dick Hendricks, that he always felt it was his responsibility to cover ALL facets of snowmobiling in Snow Goer including snowmobile clubs and organizations, which John does with every single issue. It is with this high level of dedication and professionalism to the snowmobiling community that John Prusak is appropriately inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame, Class of 2020.