2018 IIHF Bio Series: Mary Ann Robinson

Mary Ann Robinson
Builders’ Category ~ Class of 2018

After relocating from Illinois to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, in 1989 Mary Ann first became involved in youth amateur hockey with the Manitowoc County Youth Hockey Association (MCYHA) when her two sons Derek and Nick began playing. At that time, the MCYHA skated in the County Expo cattle barn with ice produced with hoses and hand shoveled by parents between periods.

Mary Ann became President of the MCYHA in 1993. In 1994 (with considerable effort from many parties) the MCYHA moved into a brand new ice arena. Mary Ann held the position of President for 3 years.

In 1995 Mary Ann became involved with Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) as Region 3 Director responding to various questions and enforcing the policies and procedures of WAHA. She held this position until 2015. Additionally, in 1999 Mary Ann assumed the position of Girls’/Women’s Director for WAHA. In this position she was instrumental in developing a state-wide girls program for Wisconsin and helped start the very successful Team Wisconsin program. She held this position until 2015.

In 2001 Mary Ann assumed the position of Girls’/Women’s Section Representative for the Central District of USA Hockey. As Camp Director she organized and executed a number of successful Development Camps in Lake Placid, Rochester and St. Cloud along with the various tryouts for those respective camps. From 2005-2016 she was a Girls’/Women’s National Tournament Director for USA Hockey.

From 2016 through 2018 Mary Ann served on the Board of Directors for USA Hockey representing the Central District.

Mary Ann was inducted into the WAHA Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011, and in 2014 Mary Ann received the Joe Burke Award from NCAA Hockey Coaches honoring dedicated individuals who support Girls’/Women’s programs.

Mary Ann is currently on the High School Section for USA Hockey and has been instrumental in originating the current Girls National High School Tournament.

Mary Ann, who ironically enough has never laced up a pair of skates herself, was born and raised in Woodstock, Illinois. In 1968 she moved to Libertyville, Illinois, where she met her husband Dave on a blind date. Dave and Mary Ann married in 1971, had three children, Amanda, Derek and Nick. The Robinson’s have five awesome grandkids, Aly, Max, Natalie, Morgan and Graham, one of whom is currently playing hockey. The two boys began playing at the urging of their dad who is a lifelong Blackhawks fan and played all the way through the end of High School. One son is currently coaching his daughter.

When Mary Ann saw the cattle barn (which has to be seen to be believed) and met some of the other parents in the MCYHA, it was clear that something needed to be done to improve things. The drive to build a new rink started Mary Ann’s involvement in amateur hockey. With the unwavering support of her family, Mary Ann believes that the many long days and nights spent building amateur hockey both in the state of Wisconsin and across the United States, has been time and effort well spent.

Watching the USA Women’s Team win the gold medal and realizing that some of the players on that team had passed through some of the programs that she helped develop was one of the proudest moments of her volunteering career.

NOTES: The 2018 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 27, 2019 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.

The Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor the tremendous contributions of individuals who, through their dedication and tireless efforts, helped to pave the way for the future generations of kids and adults to enjoy the great sport of ice hockey.

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.”

The IHHF Selection Committee consists of all of the living past and present presidents of the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc. Please click HERE for further information.

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