Daniel John “Dan” Shakhty, born July 13, 1958, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Dan, affectionately known as “Chnook,” was a force in this world and we will do so. All we miss so much.
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Dan grew up in nearby Monona with his parents and three siblings, hunting, fishing and picking siblings in true Big Brother style. During middle school, Dan took up judging youth hockey games in his spare time. After graduating from Monona Grove High School in 1976, Dan attended the University of Wisconsin where he was a member of the Wisconsin reserve hockey team. While a member of the team, coach “Badger Bob” Johnson helped Dan enter the world of management, beginning his career spanning more than three decades.
During his time in the amateur ranks, Dan was part of the infamous “Water Bottle Game” between foes WCHA Wisconsin and North Dakota where he can be seen diving into groups of opposing players to break up skirmishes. Dunn was only 24 years old when he joined the National Hockey League as an assistant coach in 1982. During his time in the NHL, Dunn became the first American official to make more than 2,000 regular season games. In addition, he has officiated 221 National Hockey League Finals and five Stanley Cup Finals. He also worked at the 1991 Canada Cup, the 1996 Hockey World Cup and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Dunn retired from the NHL in 2012 after the Chicago Blackhawks handed the visiting Washington Capitals a 5-2 loss at United Center. Each player from both teams stayed on the ice after the match to shake hands and congratulate him on a great run. Dan was also an elected member of the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as the Madison Sports Hall of Fame, where he was the 2004 District Athlete of Fame, and the 2012 Pat Richter Brothers Favorite.
Throughout his career, Dan has made sure to give back to the game in any way possible. Along with his wife and fellow members of the Wisconsin hockey community, he helped create the Wisconsin Elite Hockey League and the WAHA Cup, ensuring access to elite-level hockey programs for young Wisconsin players. In addition to training and developing youth hockey, he has also served as a mentor for countless youth officials through the USA Hockey Education Programs and during his tenure as the Officials Coordinator for Eastern Hockey. He was willing to guide anyone and had a lot of fun teaching everyone the game they loved.
Dan’s love of hockey was second only to the love he had for his wife Kim, whom he affectionately called “Kimmy” and their four children. Dan worked a busy schedule during his NHL career and enjoyed the time he was able to spend with his family on his days off. When he was not on the ice, Dan also loved hunting and fishing. A sports enthusiast, he was a die-hard Packers and Brewers fan, and he found no greater pleasure than when he watched his children participate in their various sports. He loved cooking steaks on the grill and taking his dog for a walk in the Shuffler Basin. He was a masterful who could fix anything and a comedian whose timing and delivery rivaled Rodney Dangerfield and Johnny Carson. He was the best father any child could ask for and he absolutely adored his wife for 35 years.
Dan escaped the love of his life, Kim; sons, Danny (Erica) and Ian; The girls, Lauren and Maddie; and his grandson Dash Nolan. His mother Shar also survived; sisters, Ann and Kay; Dave’s brother (Gina); And many nieces and nephews. His father, Nurb, preceded him in death.
A celebration of life will take place at ST. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison, 11 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2022. Visitation will take place at GUNDERSON FITCHBURG FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 2950 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2022 and also In church from 10 a.m. until Saturday service.
Instead of flowers, we’re asking all who are willing and able to continue Dan’s legacy of growing the sport he loves by donating his name to the Jingles O’Brien Scholarship Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the children of the world. The Madison area has access to a great game of hockey. More information can be found at www.jinglesobriensf.com. Condolences can be offered online at www.gundersonfh.com.
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