Organized in 1985, the Hall of Fame was a dream of longtime Muskegon Chronicle sportswriter Dick Hedges. As president, Hedges assembled a board of directors and the group went about the task of organizing the new entity. Geographic boundaries, spanning from Ludington to the north and Grand Haven to the south, were established and funding to start the Hall was raised.
    A home to display memorabilia was found at the 
Muskegon County Museum.  The group solicited the community to suggest candidates for the hall of fame and the first group of honorees were chosen in Sept
ember of 1986.
    
After 11 years and two different physical locations at the museum, the Hall of Fame made plans to move to the renovated L.C. Walker Arena in 1997. New showcases and displays were designed to house the organization's growing collection of artifacts and memorabilia.
Looking for a place to showcase the growing collection, the Hall of Fame moved to the L.C. Walker Arena in downtown Muskegon in 1997.

Photo by Ron Pesch

 
 
Muskegon native Kenny Lane twice battled for the title belt as a lightweight.  During his career, Kenny gave his hometown Muskegon industry, Continental Motors Corporation (manager Petroskey's employer), some national exposure by displaying their corporate Red Seal emblem on the back of his boxing robe.  
 
 
 
The collection includes memorabilia from a host of Hall of Fame inductees.  This exhibit includes items from Super Bowl referee Dick Dolack and Michigan State's Sonny Grandelius. 
Muskegon Chronicle photo by Ken Stevens 
  Muskegon High School graduate Kenny Sutton earned gold at the Pan American games. 
 
 
The main wall on the concourse of the L.C. Walker Arena feature plaques and mini biographies, like this example, for each of the inductees. 
Muskegon Chronicle photo by Ken Stevens
 
Images of the hall's first seven inductees were captured by
renowned sports artist Rick Lighton (1953-2020).
Inductees Joe Kastelic, Moose Lallo, Bryan McLay, Gary Ford, Jock Callander and others help tell the story of Muskegon's rich hockey history
.Student-Athletes honored by the Hall of Fame receive recognition with a separate exhibit on the mezzanine of the arena.
Exhibits include details on numerous honored members and their sports careers both in Muskegon and beyond.

 

Hall of Fame History