Karyn Bye

2023 Inductee
Karyn Bye was born and raised in River Falls where she played youth hockey in a generation where she needed to hide her gender to play, and, in fact, used her initials K.L. Bye as an identity, rather then her first name.

Sis Paulsen

2023 Inductee
Sis Paulsen was born and raised in Eau Claire. She played youth hockey for the Eau Claire Youth Hockey Association, and high school hockey for Eau Claire North High School.

Terry Watkins

2023 Inductee
Terry Watkins was born and raised in St. Paul, Minn., where he played youth hockey followed by high school hockey at Cretin High School.

  • Ann Ninnemann - 2022
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.

She played varsity hockey at Rosemount High School for five years and went on to play collegiately at UW-Stevens Point, where she was the Pointer’s first All-American in 2002, and a three-year captain.  The Pointers were NCAA runners-up in 2004, quarterfinalists in 2005 and third place in 2006 and 2007.  She scored 55 goals and a school-record 69 assists for 124 points, ranking second in school history for goals and points.  Ninnemann was named to the all-tournament team in 2004 when she led the Pointers to a national runner-up finish.

Following her senior season, she assisted head coach Brian Idalski for one season leading to a third-place national finish.  When Idalski left for a Division 1 position, Ninnemann took over as head coach and has remained in that position ever since, acquiring a record of more than 200 victories and leading the Pointers to the NCAA Tournament twice.  She is one of the only people ever to both play and coach in a Division III Frozen Four.  She was an assistant coach in the Frozen Four and became just the third female head coach ever to lead a team to the national semifinals.  She was inducted into the UW-Stevens Point Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
Since beginning her coaching career, Ninnemann has been heavily involved with WAHA and USA Hockey Central District Girls Camps and has worked countless regional and state development camps.  She has been a tremendous role model to countless student athletes, and that includes assisting the UW-Stevens Point and Stevens Point Area Senior High softball teams.  Her non-hockey activities also include serving as the Spud Bowl Coordinator that established a $75,000 endowment to award scholarships for Central Wisconsin students with an agriculture background, and Title IX Investigator on the UW-Stevens Point campus.