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.
Jerry Swenson moved to Madison and played pond hockey in his youth.  A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve, Swenson got involved with McFarland Youth Hockey when it was a very small organization.  He became dedicated to growing a small association into a much larger one.  Along the way, Swenson served on McFarland’s first Board of Directors, chaired its first fundraiser and coached its first Mite team.  He served as an officer as president, vice-president and on the Board of Directors for 21 seasons.

His time at McFarland wasn’t just spent in meeting rooms.  He coached Squirts and Bantams and twice finished second in the WAHA Bantam State Tournament.  However, Swenson might best be known to McFarland veterans for coaching the Ice Mites Learn to Skate Program for 22 seasons.

Swenson went on to become involved also with the Dane County Youth Hockey Council, serving as a Director and Age Level Director at the Peewee, Bantam and Midget levels.  Swenson was also instrumental as a builder of the Club High School hockey program, helping to run this program when there was no High School hockey in the smaller communities.  Swenson also served as the Ice Scheduler for Region 4 for four seasons.

Not content to serve just as a coach or organizer, Swenson became a registered official for more than 15 seasons.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Dane County Hockey Officials Association for six seasons.