Autumn Makar from Anchorage, Alaska, was 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.
Autumn is the heart of the Anchorage Wolverines organization, taking extreme care in selecting billet families, and placing players and families together to ensure a successful pairing.