Hall brings UAA athletes, old and new, together

In a fitting end to UAA’s annual homecoming celebration the fourth class of the Seawolf Hall of Fame was inducted Oct. 17. The Wells Fargo Sports Complex was filled with the entire UAA athletics contingent, both athletes and administrators alike, to honor the 2004 inductees including three former student-athletes and a former faculty representative.

“It’s not just a great day to be a Seawolf,” inductee Paul Krake said. “It’s a great life to be a Seawolf.”

Krake, a former UAA hockey goalie, was joined by fellow Seawolf lifers Cheryl Bishop, a women’s basketball player, Tiina Hoffman, a nordic skier, and Jack Peterson, a longtime Faculty-Athletic Representative, as they told their stories to the crowd, which included UAA chancellor Elaine Maimon.

The crowd listened as Bishop, who as a 5-10 forward finished as UAA’s all-time leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker, related teamwork in basketball to a drug bust after her move into federal law enforcement. Bishop worked as the only female street agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Seattle from 1989-2002. The job required Bishop, 40, to rely on her fellow agents as much or more than teammates åon a basketball court, except with higher stakes.

Hoffman arrived in Anchorage as an 18-year-old freshman from Finland in 1981. The trip turned into an 11-year stay in Alaska, during which she both skied and coached for the Seawolves Nordic team. Hoffman, formerly Kantola, also ran cross country during her time in Alaska and met her husband Dave, a former UAA skier.

“There are a lot of great memories,” the 40-year-old Viermaki, Finland native said.

Hoffman, who earned the first athlete of the year award during her senior year, coached at UAA from 1988-92 including head Nordic coach during her final two years in Anchorage. She and her husband live in Jyvaskyla, Finland with their two sons.

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Peterson didn’t ever set foot on a court, rink or track for the Seawolves. But the 77-year-old, also a professor of Sociology at UAA from 1971 to 1997, filled the role of Faculty-Athletic Representative during the athletic department’s infancy and had as big an impact as any athlete.

Peterson, who enters the hall for outstanding overall contributions to the Athletic Department, helped establish the Great Alaska Shootout in it’s early days and also aided UAA in gaining membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

Peterson’s presenter, former athletic director Lew Haines, poked fun at his friend’s longevity prior to bringing him onstage at the Sports Complex, which they were instrumental in getting built.

“Well, I guess I know I’m not the oldest here,” Haines said. “There’s always Jack.”

Krake, the most successful goaltender in UAA history, led the Seawolves to three NCAA Tournament appearances. Krake’s biggest performance came in the 1991 postseason when he led UAA to surprising upset of Boston College. He stopped 43 shots in a one-goal game one win and behind his .965 save percentage the Seawolves won the series.

Krake holds eight school records including career wins with 53. Those numbers helped him to be the only hockey player named UAA athlete of the year.

Krake, 35, said that his four years as a Seawolf are his favorite from a hockey career that included seven years of professional play. He met his wife Gabrielle in Anchorage and they live in Boise, Idaho with their children Tristan, Niclas, Isabelle and Anneliese. He said he might have a future Seawolf or two in the fold.

“Maybe a skier,” he said.

Krake thanked his coach Brush Christiansen, a 2002 Hall of Fame inductee himself, for taking him on as a player. The Lloydminster, Alberta native joked that the UAA coaching must have been pretty good recruiters because he committed to the Seawolves without making an official visit to Anchorage.

“I came sight unseen,” he said with a laugh. “I guess I figured the cold it couldn’t be much worse than what we had in Lloydminster.”