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.
  • Don Wahlin - 2007

Wahlin was born in Waupaca and raised in Madison where he played youth hockey with various groups. He went on to play high school hockey for Madison Central. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and left after two years to become a pilot in the United States Air Force. Returning from active duty, Wahlin went on to complete his mechanical engineering degree in Madison. He bought the bankrupt firm for which he worked and turned it into Stoughton Trailers, a company that has grown into a leader in the mass production of trailers.

Wahlin’s growing family and continuing interest in ice hockey led to his co-founding of the Stoughton Youth Hockey Association in 1970. Wahlin’s generosity was not limited to Stoughton, but also included other associations. He donated money and equipment to other associations like Sun Prairie. As his children grew and continued playing hockey, his interest grew, and as his children began coaching and grandchildren got into the sport, his generosity continued. During the winter, Wahlin would set up hockey boards in the pond in his backyard which was used by youth players and high school players from Edgewood. In 1991, Wahlin committed $100,000 for the construction of the Mandt Community Center in Stoughton. Several years later, he co-signed a bank note that would lead to completion of the facility. Construction of this arena ultimately helped a “C” level program grow from 40 skaters in 1989 to an “A” level club of more than 200 skaters, less than 10 years later. Subsequent to the construction of the facility, his further monetary, equipment and in-kind donations led to enhancement of the building and its continued successful operation.

Wahlin’s business grew and prospered over four decades and became the economic force in Stoughton, employing over 1,700 people in three communities. In 1994, Wahlin was named Stoughton Citizen of the Year along with his wife Carol, and in 2000, he was inducted into the Stoughton Hall of Fame. Wahlin’s service in the Air Force and Air National Guard continued as his company grew, and he saw stand-by service during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Wahlin and his wife Carol have eight children: Bill, Ken, Dan, Kate, Mike, Margaret, Betsy and Bob.