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.
  • James 'Jimmy' Paull - 2003

James “Jimmy” Paull was born in Calumet, Mich., and moved to Milwaukee, where he became one of the original members of the Milwaukee Admirals. While still with the Admirals, Paull became one of the founding fathers of the Southeastern Hockey Association of Wisconsin (SHAW). In the 20 years that followed, Paull served in many capacities with SHAW, including the position of the association’s first Director of Coaching. When called upon, Paull proved to be an invaluable resource to a growing organization, and was always willing to help, no matter what the request.

As a coach, he led four SHAW teams to WAHA State Championships, and had a profound influence on many youth players from Mites to High School, on both house and travel teams. Paull also coached the Milwaukee Oaks, and the Milwaukee Wings of the Badger State League for two years,

In addition to coaching at the youth level, Paull served the sport of ice hockey as a referee for 17 years, working levels from peewee up to Marquette College. Paull went on to become the first coach of Pius XI High School, a position in which he is still involved. As a high school coach, Paull has had the opportunity to coach his team across the State of Wisconsin, and has become even better known in hockey circles because of that.

Paull’s greatest contribution to the sport of ice hockey has been his devotion to youth, even though he did not have any children of his own. He touched countless lives with his hockey knowledge, instruction and coaching, and has had a lasting, positive effect on all those associated with him. Jimmy Paull’s dedication to hockey and to “his kids” has helped many go on to successful careers, both in and out of hockey.

Paull and his wife Karen live in Milwaukee, where he is retired from the Allen Bradley Corp.