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.
  • Bob Normand - 2019
Bob Normand was born, raised and spent his entire life and career in Chippewa Falls. Though hockey was not played as an organized sport in Chippewa Falls until he graduated from high school, he became involved with the youth hockey program as soon as his children began to play for the youth association. Since 1989, Normand has literally become the face of the Chippewa Falls Youth Hockey Association, and has used his skills to expand and improve both the association and its facilities.

It would be understatement to say that Normand has done everything needed to run a youth hockey program and facilitate its expansion and quality of play. He has served as President since 2003, and has coached at every level for both boys and girls. As a coach, he was one of the first in Chippewa to attain Level 4 in the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program. Prior to WIAA status, Normand coached the Girls 19U program and has been a coach or assistant coach for several teams that have captured WAHA State Tournament Championships.

Normand became actively involved with Chippewa Falls in 1989 and besides his many years as President, he has served as the Ice Scheduler, Equipment Manager, Registrar, and Concession Manager and has had a major role as Capital Fund Raiser. A hands-on person, Normand operates and trains new drivers on the Zamboni, and is an ice-maker at the beginning of the season. He directed the expansion of a second enclosed sheet of ice, and supervised the completion of a $1.2 million dollar expansion to the outdoor rink and high school locker room project. Normand was also the scheduler for the NorWis and West Wisconsin Hockey Leagues.

In 1993, Normand was elected to the WAHA Board of Directors and has served continuously in that position until present. He is a USA Hockey Associate Registrar for WAHA Region 1. During his tenure on the WAHA Board, he has served and chaired the Classification Committee, and has served as the Section Director for Squirts and for Girls. Normand has also been a member of the Grass Roots Committee and State Tournament Committee, and is the editor of the State Tournament Handbook. He has also been on the committee responsible for the setup and operation of the 12U Girls Kohlman Cup, and the Junior/Senior Girls Festival.

Normand is a long-time member of his Church Council, its Chairman for six years. He has been the President of the Hallie Girls Softball Program for more than 15 years. In the Spring of 2019, Normand was awarded a Jefferson Foundation Award for volunteer service with the softball program. Normand served in the Wisconsin National Guard and Army Reserve from 1974-1987. He is a graduate of Chippewa Valley Technical College and is an Electrical Computer Design Engineer for Hewlett-Packard. Bob and his wife Bev have four children Michelle, Kevin, Sara and Brittany, eight grandchildren and God-daughter McKaylen.