Building off of the partnership MassMutual and the NHL announced last month (details below), a NHL Most Valuable Hockey Mom presented by MassMutual has been named. The naming is the culmination of a first-time campaign that celebrated Mother's Day and the sacrifices hockey moms across the United States make behind the scenes every day. Fans in the United States were able to nominate hockey moms and share their inspiring stories of commitment, contributions and support to the sport and those who play it at www.nhl.com/MostValuableHockeyMom.
Autumn Makar from Anchorage, Alaska, has been named the first-ever NHL Most Valuable Hockey Mom presented by MassMutual for her efforts as a dedicated role model, community advocate, sportsmanship, and Mom to all.
Autumn, a Mom of two goalies, has been the team manager for her sons' Alaska Oilers team for more than 9 seasons and carries a full-time job requiring a lot of travel. She works tirelessly to bring the team and their families together to make it successful every season. This includes running the score and clock, facilitating the team dinners, taking lead to prepare and hosting multiple fundraisers.
This most recent season she took on the task of billeting children. After having players leave to play in other states, Autumn brought on 5 players from MI, CO, and Russia to join the team. She not only found homes for the players but took on 2 of the players herself. She even went as far as converting her dining room into a bedroom by having another coach build in a wall for more privacy. She took all her children and billet children on many Alaskan adventures giving them a glimpse of the Alaskan lifestyle.