Dan Schachte from Verona and Jerry Swenson from McFarland will be inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Eagle River on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame was founded in 1975 and is housed in the Eagle River Sports Arena. The hall was established to honor outstanding individuals responsible for the development, growth and success of amateur ice hockey in Wisconsin.

Schachte was born in Madison and played his youth hockey with the Monona Hockey Association. He began his officiating career at the age of 13 with the Dane County Hockey Officials Association.

Expanding his officiating career, Schachte began working the Wisconsin State League and USHL in 1979, and moved on to the college ranks, working the WCHA beginning in 1980.

Schachte broke into the National Hockey League in June 1982, when he was hired as a linesman. Before he retired, he spent 30 years compiling an impressive resume, not only as an NHL official, but also as an American-born official. Over the length of his service in the NHL officiating ranks, Schachte worked 2,008 regular season games, the fifth all-time among all officials and the most by an American.

Schachte worked a total of 221 playoff games, eighth among all officials and second most by an American. In the course of those playoffs, he worked five Stanley Cup finals. His officiating resume also includes the 1991 NHL All-Star Game in Chicago and the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Schachte and his wife Kim, live in Verona and have four children: Danny, Ian, Lauren and Maddy.

Swenson moved to Madison and played pond hockey in his youth. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve, Swenson got involved with McFarland Youth Hockey when it was a very small organization. He served as president, vice president and on the board of directors for 21 seasons.

He coached Squirts and Bantams and twice finished second in the WAHA Bantam State Tournament. However, Swenson might best be known to McFarland veterans for coaching the Ice Mites Learn to Skate Program for 22 seasons. Swenson became a registered official for more than 15 seasons. 

Swenson and his wife Betty reside in McFarland and have three children: James, Jody and Jason.

The ceremonies in Eagle River include a golf tournament, banquet and the induction ceremony. The banquet and induction are by advance reservation only. Questions about tickets can be directed to Joe Boxrucker at (715) 479-9772 or to Pat Weber at (715) 479-8912.