Ninnemann to be inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame
For the Gazette
SOLON SPRINGS – The board of directors of the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame has selected four candidates for induction into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame, which includes Plover’s Ann Ninnemann.
Ninnemann, along with the late Wally Akervik, from Eau Claire and Superior; Patrick “Duffy” Dyer, Duluth; and Rebecca Hamilton-Hildebrandt, from Cottage Grove and Sauk Prairie, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Eagle River on Sept. 10.
Ninnemann was born in St. Paul, MN, 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.