Induction Year: 2013
Colin Kendall likely would have merited Hall of Fame consideration on the strength of his hockey career at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Ranked number 29 on the all-time scoring list, Mr. Kendall is one of just 39 players who have broken the 100-point barrier in school history. It is a span of one minute, forty nine seconds, however, that cemented his place in UW-Superior athletic lore.
On March 16, 2002, the Yellowjacket hockey team was playing in the NCAA championship game against Norwich University. With time ticking off the clock and the Yellowjackets trailing by a goal, Mr. Kendall scored with just 1:26 remaining on the clock in regulation time to tie the game at 2-2. Then, just 23 seconds into overtime he picked up a rebound at the foot of the Norwich goal and scored the game winner, giving the Yellowjackets their second-ever national championship.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Mr. Kendall came to UW-Superior in 1999 by way of Division I Colorado College. After putting up a pair of points in his first game, Mr. Kendall severely injured his knee in the second game and missed the remainder of the season. He returned after the injury, helping the Yellowjackets reach the college hockey pinnacle and earning some personal accolades along the way.
Mr. Kendall appeared in 100 games with the Yellowjackets, scoring 41 goals and adding 70 assists. He was twice named First Team All-NCHA (2001-02, 2002-03), twice named First Team All-WIAC (2001-02, 2002-03) and twice was honored by the American Hockey Coaches Association as a Second Team All-American (2001-02, 2002-03). As a senior in 2002-03, Mr. Kendall was the captain of the Yellowjackets.
Following graduation, Mr. Kendall left UW-Superior and played several seasons of professional hockey before returning to his hometown and entering the business world.