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.
  • Jim Keepers - 1996
Jim Keepers of East Troy for induction to the Hall in September 1995. Keepers, a native of Madison and long-time teacher and coach in Franklin, will be the guest of honor at ceremonies to be held in Eagle River September 16.

A native of Madison who became one of the founding fathers of the Southeastern Hockey Association of Wisconsin (SHAW), Keepers has a long and distinguished career in the interests of Wisconsin Hockey.

Keepers played hockey for the Junior Madison Cardinals and then the Rockton Wagon Wheel Cardinals. After graduating from now UW-Platteville, Keepers began his teaching career in Iola. Moving on to Franklin in 1962, Keepers continued his teaching career and became the wrestling coach. He then played with the Milwaukee Wings Hockey Team, the forerunner of the Milwaukee Admirals.

Following his playing career, Keepers began officiating, working games from youth hockey up through professional hockey in the International Hockey League.

Keepers' officiating career included the chance to be the linesman for a game between a United States Hockey League all star team and the United States National Team in 1980. That national team went on to be the Lake Placid "Miracle on Ice" team which won the gold medal for the United States. His referreeing career included work in the Metro Milwaukee Hockey Association Winter and Summer Leagues, college and club hockey in the Milwaukee area and work for the Milwaukee Admirals.

Beginning in 1970 and continuing through the present, Keepers made many presentations about the sport of ice hockey to such varied groups as Boy Scouts, church groups, high school physical education classes and Lions Clubs. These presentations included demonstrations and lectures in support of the sport of ice hockey. One of the unique activities which Keepers undertook was annually taking each of his high school wrestling teams to a Milwaukee Admirals game.

Keepers has been instrumental in fund raising for many community organizations including providing the means for the disabled to watch hockey. His efforts have spanned a host of community events which have helped to promote hockey in Wisconsin, and in the Milwaukee area in particular.