Nearly 300 people were present as the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame (IHHF) recently inducted its 21st class of inductees into its Hall of Fame. The honored inductees who were inducted on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall in Elk Grove were (pictured above top left) Bill Green, Geoff Schlender, Tim Wood, Eric Schneider, Ken Klein, Russ Naumenko (for deceased Wally Naumenko), (bottom left) Mike Schmitt, Jim Philbin, Erica Mitchell McKee, Kevin McKee, Gary Wells and Tom Kurzawski.
Illinois hockey has a very long and rich hockey history, due in large part, to the foundation laid down by these inductees. Their tireless dedication in making sure every individual who had a desire to participate in this great sport has had the opportunity to do so.
The mission statement of the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame is as follows: “To honor the excellence of those individuals who, through their exceptional endeavors both on and off the ice, have contributed in an extraordinary way to enhance the sport and image of hockey in Illinois.”
You can learn more about the long hockey history each of these individuals has contributed as each member of the Class of 2023 is being featured in the AHAI electronic newsletter Snapshot.
On behalf of everyone involved in the game of hockey, we admire and thank each of the inductees into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2022. They truly are in a class all their own!