James T. "Andy" Devine
Andy Devine is a native of Madison and was a state speed skating champion four straight years as a youngster. Though speed skating was the sport of choice of his family, he quickly embraced the tradition of ice hockey. As a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he played on the UW club hockey team that won the All University Tournament in 1951, and became one of the founding members of the University of Wisconsin Blue Line Club. He is a past president and board member of the Blue Line Club, and has received the Blue Line Club award for distinguished service for promoting hockey and extraordinary leadership.
Devine was president of the West Flyers Youth Hockey Association and served the board of the West Flyers for many years. He inaugurated the Madison Midget Hockey team for players who didn’t make their high school teams, and was the manager and chairman of Madison’s first National Peewee Hockey Tournament. At the same time, he managed six different youth hockey teams that advanced to national tournaments. He also formed a summer development league for high school and junior players to aid in development of fundamentals and skills.
Devine served as the assistant manager for the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team under “Badger Bob” Johnson. He than served as the manager for the Central Hockey Team that competed in the National Sports Festival in 1978 and 1979, and helped conduct tryouts for the 1980 “Miracle On Ice” team in Bloomington, Minn., Detroit, Mich. and Danvers, Mass.
As a City of Madison Alderman, Devine sponsored a resolution to have the City of Madison purchase Hartmeyer Arena. He further served on the Madison Parks Commission that oversaw the development and construction of many of Madison’s outdoor ice rinks.
Devine was one of the founders of the Greater Dane County Youth Hockey Council, and served as its president and on its board. The mission of this group was to foster the expansion of youth hockey in the communities around Madison. He also chaired the committee that helped convince the Dane County Board to construct an indoor hockey rink in the arena building next to the Dane County Coliseum.
Devine and his wife Shirley live in Madison, and have nine children: Jim, Ann, Kathy, Mary, Tom, Tim, Pat, Colleen and A.J.