Behind the scenes, Millar does it all for the RoughRiders
How would you like to arrange travel and accommodations for 20 Rocky Mountain RoughRiders hockey players, a manager and a handful of coaches – 35 times combined for six teams during a seven-month span?
If you’re up for that, how about ordering jerseys, socks, bags, pant shells, off-ice training gear and jackets and more for 118 players, dozens more coaches and untold family members?
There is some paperwork – USA Hockey registrations, club forms that include a code of conduct and consent to treat, as well as every player’s insurance card.
Once you’re done with that, check in with the four other managers you oversee and see if they need help.
And there are seven players who need housing, so please set up billets for them, too. Then you can resume your administrative work for the club.
Debbie Millar is the RoughRiders’ jack of all trades, and her hard work is one reason the club functions as well as it does, director of hockey operations Derek Robinson said.
“Their family does a lot for our program,” Robinson said. “I’m not sure where I’d be without her. She goes well above and beyond what her titles and duties are.”
Millar is registrar, travel coordinator, billet coordinator, admin guru and above all, a hockey mom starting her fifth season with the RoughRiders.
Her sons, Joe, Adam and Jack got hooked on the sport more than a dozen years ago thanks to a next-door neighbor who played.
Joe was a captain at Ralston Valley High, while Adam (18U) and Jack (16U) are 6-foot-4 defensemen for the RoughRiders.
“I am an organizer by nature and I like to keep busy,” said Millar. “I work with a great group of people and I enjoy being involved with my sons.”
Added Robinson: “She’s been a huge help in the program’s growth, and a title doesn’t do her justice.”
– Chris Bayee