Shelley Evans, Tammie Johnson, Roma Threatful and Riley Johnson are the core group of volunteers that make the Grizzlies games happen, as well as 26 others. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Shelley Evans, Tammie Johnson, Roma Threatful and Riley Johnson are the core group of volunteers that make the Grizzlies games happen, as well as 26 others. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

How many volunteers does it take to run a hockey team?

Meet the momma bears who make the Revelstoke Grizzlies’ games happen

If the Grizzlies left town, Tammie Johnson would have left town.

“The winters are too long. If you don’t ski, what else are you going to do?” Johnson said.

So five years ago, when the owner sold the team, Johnson and a bunch of other long-time season pass holders, including Roma Threatful, came together and made sure Junior B hockey would continue in Revelstoke.

Johnson said there were signs around town and petitions in every store. The group did a presentation to the KIJHL and were able to keep the team in Revelstoke.

That was when head coach Ryan Parent joined the organization and the booster club was formed.

READ MORE: Revelstoke Grizzlies purchased by new ownership group

Since then the audience participation has grown and the home games have become a part of the authentic Revelstoke experience.

“I think we have to be very grateful that it came back,” Threatful said.

But it wasn’t luck.

“It is a fabulous product they are putting on the ice but there is a lot of moving parts behind the scenes that maybe people know but maybe they don’t know,” Threatful said.

It takes 26 volunteers to run a Grizzlies game, plus the core group of volunteers: Johnson, her daughter Riley, Threatful, Shelley Evans and marketing manager Jacquie Frederico.

And there is always room for more, especially now that the games are becoming more and more popular.

Riley has been volunteering with the organization since she was eight years old. She does score sheets and runs the clock, as well as referees, for all levels of hockey. She has been the medic/trainer for the Grizzlies and last year she was the game day manager.

If you’re a new volunteer, it is more than likely that Riley will be introducing you to the rest of the Grizzly family.

“It’s great if you’re new to the community and you want to meet people,” she said.

This is Evans’ second year volunteering with the Grizzlies. Though she started as a billet mom, she soon took over the music.

Known as DJ Shell-ay, she coined the goal celebration song Hey Baby by DJ Otzi, after noticing it was a crowd favourite.

“That was just a really natural thing with the crowd,” she said.

Each of these women spends five hours at the arena every game day and do countless tasks in between including stuffing programs and restocking merchandise. They are dedicated to the team and hockey, in turn, gets them through the winter.

“Winter would be too long without something to pour my focus into,” Threatful said.

But the work doesn’t end when the ice is taken out. Johnson said she is busy all summer preparing for the upcoming season: ordering tickets, stocking up on merchandise and other things.

So the next time you are at a Grizzlies’ game take a minute and say thank you to the volunteers, because without them not only would the game not be happening but there might not even be a team in Revelstoke.

Seems like a lot of work? For the volunteers seeing the team happy and successful, is worth it. It is one big family of Grizzlies.


 

@JDoll_Revy
jocelyn.doll@revelstokereview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Revelstoke Grizzlies

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

How many volunteers does it take to run a hockey team?

How many volunteers does it take to run a hockey team?

How many volunteers does it take to run a hockey team?

How many volunteers does it take to run a hockey team?

How many volunteers does it take to run a hockey team?

How many volunteers does it take to run a hockey team?

How many volunteers does it take to run a hockey team?

How many volunteers does it take to run a hockey team?

How many volunteers does it take to run a hockey team?

Just Posted

Conservation officers caught three men over fishing bull trout in Kinbasket Lake. (Facebook)
B.C. men fined $1.7K for overfishing near Revelstoke, Golden

The seized fish were donated to the Golden Food Bank

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison. Photo courtesy Conservative Party of Canada.
MP Morrison hopes for economic recovery plan in upcoming federal budget

Kootenay-Columbia Conservative looking for post-pandemic recovery plan in next week’s Liberal budget

The 1977/78 British Columbia Olympics (BCO) men’s volleyball team. Recently three members were inducted into the BC Volleyball Hall of Fame, Keith Gallicano is No. 1, Jerry Story is No. 3 and John Markwart is No. 7.(Contributed)
Three more Revelstoke Volleyballers inducted to the Volleyball BC Hall of Fame

The men played for the 1977/78 British Columbia Olympics team

(Natalia Cuevas-Huaico - Kelowna Capital News)
Morning Start: Foot bones don’t harden until you’re an adult

Your morning start for Tuesday, April 13, 2021

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS
B.C. sees 873 more COVID-19 cases Tuesday, decline continues

Hospitalizations up to 377, two more deaths for 1,515 total

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
Tougher COVID-19 restrictions in B.C., including travel, still ‘on the table’: Horgan

John Horgan says travel restrictions will be discussed Wednesday by the provincial cabinet

NorKam secondary student Karis Wilson in the outfit that got her sent home from school on Feb. 23, 2021. (Kamloops This Week photo)
Clothing that ‘detracts from learning process’ removed from SD73 student dress code

Policy change underway after student in knee-length dress, long-sleeve turtleneck sent home

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A shop up on Grand Oro Road near Twin Lakes burned down on Monday. (Facebook)
Fire rips through shop in small South Okanagan town

The building was destroyed despite community efforts to fight the fire

WATCH: Conservation group releases short doc on saving South Okanagan’s ‘precious’ Sickle Point

Sickle Point, the last intact wetland near Skaha Lake, is facing the prospect of development

Protesters occupied a road leading to Fairy Creek Watershed near Port Renfrew. (Submitted photo)
B.C. First Nation says logging activist interference not welcome at Fairy Creek

Vancouver Island’s Pacheedaht concerned about increasing polarization over forestry activities

Skaha Lake Middle School. (File photo)
COVID exposure at Penticton middle school

Skaha Middle School is the latest in growing lists of exposure in the Okanagan

Flow Academy is not accepting membership applications from anybody who has received a dose of the vaccine, according to a password-protected membership application form. (Submitted image)
B.C. martial arts gym refusing patrons who have been vaccinated, wear masks

Interior Health has already issued a ticket to Flow Academy for non-compliance with public health orders

Most Read