Builders’ Category ~ Class of 2019
Lynne grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where copious amounts of lake effect snow during the winter months turned her neighborhood into a child’s winter wonderland and enabled her Dad to turn her backyard into an ice rink. So, perhaps those early years foreshadowed how she would be spending many winters with her family in the future.
Lynne graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Marketing, began her first outside sales job, married her college sweetheart, and moved to Grand Haven where they got even more snow!
Fast forward 14 years and she’s in her kitchen in Naperville, Illinois, with her oldest son Nick who is explaining why he HAS to play hockey. Little did Lynne know that moment in time would change the trajectory of her entire life, and she would be spending a good majority of her time in ice rinks year round for the next 22 years! She did some research and discovered that the newly built Seven Bridges Ice Arena was home to the Sabres Hockey Association, and so the adventure began! Shortly thereafter, her second son Andrew was begging to play hockey, followed by 4-year-old Christopher who demanded he wanted “to do hockey too!”
Like so many other parents, Lynne wanted to be involved and contribute to her kids’ activities and passions, so she began volunteering and helping out in whatever capacity and wherever there was an opportunity. Before long she was invited to be considered for a seat on the Board of Directors as Secretary, and then later took on the role of Business Manager for the Sabres. Lynne’s hockey volunteer “career” was off and running! After several fun years, the whole family moved to the Flames Hockey Club where they created many lasting memories and met more wonderful hockey families. During those years, Lynne assisted with various volunteer duties at the Flames including Team Manager.
She and her husband John also became involved with the newly formed Neuqua Valley High School hockey team where she soon took over the Registrar duties and John served on the Board of Directors. A few years later in 2001 with Nick off playing juniors, they let Chris tryout at Team Illinois as a Peewee Minor, where he was fortunate to play for several terrific coaches for the remainder of his youth hockey career. Lynne looked for volunteer opportunities to get involved in their new organization and it wasn’t long before a teammate, Gino Pisellini, said he’d submitted her name to be considered for the Board of Directors as they needed a Secretary. When the current Registrar moved out of state, she abruptly found herself back in that roll knowing nothing about the Tier I aspects of the job. But Holly and Norm Spiegel mercifully guided and mentored her through that first crazy season!
Eighteen years later Lynne continues to call Team Illinois home, and still finds her Registrar role to be ever changing, always interesting and occasionally challenging. She is honored and humbled by this recognition, and feels extremely fortunate to have had the privilege of working with so many wonderful and dedicated “hockey people” through the years who have devoted their time and energies to building and promoting amateur hockey here in Illinois.
NOTES: The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 26, 2020 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 email Norm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joining in honoring this special group of inductees will be several of the past inductees into the Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees, and all of the past inductees have demonstrated, through their actions over the years, their personal commitment in making a difference in the lives of thousands of Illinois youth and the Illinois hockey community.
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.”
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 2019. They truly are in a class of their own.