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.
John Kennedy was born in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, and was raised in Milwaukee, where he played his youth hockey for Milwaukee SHAW, when the SHAW program was in its early, formative years.  He played for SHAW thru high school, and was a member of SHAW’s first State Championship team at the Bantam B level in 1975.  Following high school, Kennedy went on to play for the Marquette University Club team from 1979-1983.  Kennedy’s playing career did not end here, as he played 17 seasons with the West Allis Selects and the Milwaukee Flyers Senior Team in the Great Lakes League.
In addition to playing, beginning as a 12 year old, Kennedy began to officiate, and works games to this day at both the USA Hockey and WIAA levels.  He also officiates AAA level tournaments and Milwaukee Men’s League games.  He is a Level 3 official.

After his playing career concluded, Kennedy began coaching, and continues that today.  As a SHAW youth coach, John Kennedy’s teams won four WAHA State Champonships:  in 2004 at Squirt C; in 2005 at Squirt B; in 2006 at Squirt A; and in 2009 at Bantam A.  His coaching career extended to three season with the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals at the Tier I level.  Today, he remains the head coach of the Greendale Ice Force Co-op team, composed of players from 10 different high schools.  The Ice Force plays in the Class 8 Conference.  John Kennedy has taken the Ice Force from being relatively weak, to being very competitive with most the WIAA teams in the State.  In the words of one of his supporters, “he is a great teacher with a calming, attentive approach with each kid.  He also plans the season and practices great attention to detail.”
Kennedy also spent five years coaching Little League Baseball in Franklin.  He and his wife Jeanne have two sons, Trevor and Brian.