NMU Sports Hall of Fame inducting four April 26

MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University is gaining four new inductees into its Sports Hall of Fame.

Scheduled to be inducted on Saturday, April 26, in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center are Linsey (Weier) Dehlin, Nordic skiing and cross country; John Lehtinen, team physician; Shana (DeCramer) Ojala, women’s basketball; and Tuomas Tarkki, hockey.

The event will once again be held in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet. The dinner begins at 6 p.m., with the program starting at about 7 p.m.

The induction ceremony is open to the public. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Superior Dome Ticket office or online at www.nmu.edu/tickets.

– Dehlin competed at NMU from 2002-07 and was both an NCAA champion and an Olympian during her time as a Wildcat student-athlete.

She won the 2008 NCAA National Championship in the 15-kilometer classic race and was third in the 5K freestyle, earning All-America honors for both races.

Dehlin also turned in All-America performances in 2004 in the 15K classic, 2005 in the 5K classic and 2006 in the 5K classic.

Dehlin was a member of the 2002 and 2006 U.S. Olympic Teams.

– Lehtinen has served as the team physician for Wildcat intercollegiate athletics for nearly 30 years.

He’s the medical director for sports medicine and substance abuse at Marquette General Hospital, and was the recipient of the NMU President’s Award for Distinguished Citizenship in 1999.

Lehtinen served as the head physician for the 1996 Summer Olympics and has worked other World Games and Olympic events.

– Ojala was a member of the NMU women’s basketball team during the 1995-96 and 1996-97 campaigns.

She led the Wildcats to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in 1995-96. That same year, she paced the team with 474 points.

In 1996-97, she had a team-high 532 points and went on to be selected a first-time All-American, the the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year and First Team GLIAC All-Conference.

– Tarkki was a goalie for the NMU hockey team from 2001-05. In 2005, he was one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best NCAA Division I college hockey player in the nation.

That year, he was named a Second Team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association and the USCHO.com.

Tarkki was also chosen the CCHA Player of the Year and a First Team All-CCHA pick.

He finished his career at the top of the NMU record books in save percentage (.924) and goals against average (2.24).

Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg. He can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251, or via email at cremsburg@miningjournal.net.