Dan Schachte

2018 Inductee
Dan 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...

Jerry Swenson

2018 Inductee
Jerry 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.
  • Al Welling - 2007

Welling was born in Madison and passed away January 22, 2004. He played his youth hockey in Madison, and than as a prep player for Madison East. Following high school, he began an officiating career that would last more than 30 years. He began officiating both youth and high school hockey in 1970, and helped to found the Dane County Hockey Officials Association. Welling advanced quickly and was soon working the WIAA High School Tournament. He officiated the WIAA State Finals in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982 and 1983.

In the late 70’s, Welling began officiating in the WCHA and continued in the league for the next 16 years. While officiating in the WCHA,  received an Appreciation Award and an Outstanding Assistance Award. Welling hung up his skates after 30 years, but continued to stay involved and to help younger referees. He actually came out of retirement to officiate the Monday night adult games at Hartmeyer Arena.

In December 2003, Welling was given the Madison Area High School Coaches Award, and the Dane County Hockey Officials Association Dedicated Service Award. Welling was noted for his tremendous work ethic, and for putting the same amount of effort into the game, whether it was a high school junior varsity game, or a college championship. He evidenced a passion, an understanding and a feeling for the game that comes from more than just reading a rule book.

Welling has three children, Michael, Patricia and Richard.