Wally Akervik

2022 Inductee
Wally Akervik was born in Duluth, Minn., and was a four-sport athlete at Duluth Central High School, helping his Trojan team reach the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament.

Ann Ninnemann

2022 Inductee
Ann Ninnemann was born in St. Paul, Minn., and began playing ringette at the age of four.  By her own admission, she played ringette through the sixth game and then hesitantly transitioned to ice hockey in the seventh grade.

Pat "Duffy" Dyer

2022 Inductee
Pat “Duffy” Dyer was born in Virginia, Minn., and played youth hockey in that Iron Range community.  After high school, he graduated from UW-Superior with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology and would go on to a long career at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.

Rebecca Hamilton-Hildebrandt

2022 Inductee
Rebecca Hamilton-Hildebrandt (or “Coach Becky” as she is better known locally) was born and raised in Sauk Prairie and began playing hockey in 1982, the first year that Sauk Prairie had a hockey association.
  • Louis Erickson - 1999
Louis Erickson of Shorewood was one of the early promoters of hockey in the State of Wisconsin, Erickson would coach kids who would later become the founding generation of the modern era of ice hockey in the Badger State.

 A graduate of Carroll College where he won fifteen letters, Erickson went on to coach hockey, football, tennis, track, cross country and basketball at the high school level, as well as serving as the athletic director at Shorewood High School for 27 years.

Erickson  started ice hockey at Shorewood High in 1927 with the Milwaukee River serving as the ice sheet.  After losing the rink numerous times to January thaws, he  managed to have the rink moved to one of the high school’s athletic fields in order to provide a safer and more stable environment on which to play the game.  Players from his teams went on to play college, senior and club hockey.  Erickson organized the Southeastern Prep Hockey League which included teams from Wauwatosa, St. Francis, Milwaukee Country Day, Messmer, St. John’s, Northwestern Prep and Marquette.

Erickson  directly affected the lives of many young men in all sports, but paid particular attention to hockey and was labeled in at least one news article as a “hockey nut”.  He not only passed on a love of the sport on the ice, but also took many of his players to Chicago for Blackhawk games at his own expense.
Besides coaching hundreds of players during his career, he made the ice sheet available to hundreds of more youngsters and developed new players by encouraging and teaching skating and hockey skills.  Promoting the sport of hockey, Erickson helped other teams in the metro area such as the Milwaukee Flyers and the Milwaukee Buicks, and encouraged amateur play by organizing a county adult league for Sunday afternoon.