Athletic Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Hall of Fame was established in 1978 at which time 19 "Charter Members" were inducted either as coaches or as athletes. As of the fall of 2022, 348 individuals (321 athletes, 16 coaches and 11 benefactors) have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

The former Hall of Fame room on the second floor of the Lund Center was originally partially endowed by the families of both Dwight Holcombe's (the only father/son combination holding membership in the Hall). The hardwood plaque upon which the individual plates are permanently displayed, now in the Hall of Champions, was donated by the family of former football coach and Hall of Fame member Jocko Nelson, who passed away in 1978.

Dennis Trooien


Inducted: 1998

-Dennis Trooien, who came to St. Peter from St. Paul Harding, burst onto the Gustavus hockey scene in his first season earning all-conference honors as a defenseman as well as the "Outstanding Freshman" award. He is one of only three Gustie hockey players to have ever earned all-conference honors in his freshman season.
Trooien would go on to earn all-conference honors again in his sophomore and junior seasons as well as All-America honors in his junior and senior campaigns. A strong skater, Trooien was excellent at getting opposing forwards off of the puck.
His strong stick handling abilities allowed him to take the puck up the ice when necessary and he finished his career with 14 goals and 43 assists for 57 points which ranks him fifth all-time amongst Gustavus defensemen.
During his four years at Gustavus, Trooien helped the program compile a record of 51-5-0 in the MIAC and win three league titles. In addition, the Gusties advanced to the NAIA National Championship game twice finishing second both times.
After graduating magna cum laude with majors in sociology and business, Dennis was accepted at William Mitchell Law School where he went on to graduate number one in his class and serve as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.
He was a judicial clerk for the Minnesota Supreme Court for one year following graduation and then accepted a position with the Oppenheimer Law Firm where he was a partner in the real estate department from 1979-87. He joined the law firm of Fabyanske, Westra and Hart in 1990 as a shareholder and has been there ever since.
Dennis and his wife, Susan Ahlcrona live in White Bear Lake with their children Erik, Ross and Maari.