2017 IIHF Bio Series: Shari Wolfe


Shari Wolfe
Builders’ Category ~ Class of 2017

Shari Wolfe was born and raised in Oak Lawn and began working at the Oak Lawn Ice Arena as a teenager. After graduating from Chicago Christian High School, she attended Moraine Valley Community College and then moved to San Diego.

While working for the Armed Services YMCA and the Naval Training Center in San Diego, she met her husband, Dave, who was in the Navy. In 1994 they left San Diego and moved to Evergreen Park where they are still living and raising their 3 children- Ellyssa, Kylie and Trevor.

In the fall of 1994, Shari returned to work at the Oak Lawn Ice Arena and has now been there 23 years. Her daughter, Ellyssa, was a figure skater; Kylie tried hockey for a day but decided gymnastics was better, and Trevor just grew up hanging around at the rink.

Shari was working at the front desk of the newly built Ice Arena when the hockey director resigned, then shortly thereafter, the manager left for another position. She had always been involved with the youth hockey and high school league when she worked at the rink as a teenager, so stepping up to coordinate the hockey program was just natural. She worked with the hockey program, developing it into the Oak Lawn Eagles, until 2007. During her years with the Oak Lawn hockey program, Oak Lawn was a member of the South Suburban Hockey League (SSHL). She enjoyed many years of being on the board, then becoming Treasurer, Vice President, and then President of the League until 2009.

Tremendous friendships and life-long bonds were formed with many wonderful hockey directors, coaches, parents and players during all those years being involved in the hockey community. She loves when those young players now come back to visit Oak Lawn and play on Men’s League teams or bring their own children to skate. She appreciates that they remember her and recall their fond memories of the Oak Lawn rink and its program.

Shari is very grateful to her husband who had to watch the kids many evenings and weekends when she was busy with hockey. She is thankful to her children for being able to see how much she enjoyed what she was doing, and how they, sometimes, wanted to spend time with her at the rink watching a game. She will be forever appreciative for all the great hockey people who she served, who served with her, and who she now calls friends.

The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at 847/269-2922 or e-mail Norm at jacole@comcast.net.

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