Sales and Marketing Co-Ordinator and Game Night Operations Manager
Abby is a Thunder Bay local and an alumnus of the Thunder Bay Queens Hockey Organization.
After her hockey dream came to an end, she decided to do the next best thing... study sport. After high school, Abby moved to London, ON to pursue a degree in Kinesiology and an Honours Specialization in Sports Management. During her time at Western University, Abby worked for the London Knights Hockey Club in Social Media and Marketing, assisted in national events with Hockey Canada, and was the President of the Concussion Legacy Foundation- Western Chapter, where she had the opportunity to participate in a 24-hour design challenge to eliminate concussions in youth athletes. In addition to Abby’s current involvement with the Fighting Walleye, she is working towards her sports agent certificate with Sports Management Worldwide.
Abby has always loved the outdoors, but this year she particularly spent her summer hiking, fishing, camping, and (surprisingly) went hunting. A true Thunder Bay local.
Director of Media and Communications
Michael Hughes has been director of media and communications the Kam River Fighting Walleye since 2019. He leads a team responsible for developing communication strategies that help advance the organization’s efforts to catalyze broad impact through the sharing of effective ideas and practices. These strategies include publications, partnerships with membership organizations, web marketing, social media, media outreach and team broadcasting.
Michael will oversee the Fighting Walleye website, social media, broadcast teams and design process as well as act as head scout for the USA.
Prior to joining the Fighting Walleye, he held a similar role with the Thief River Falls Norskies, where he helped raise the Norskies profile socially through social platforms and media. In addition, he also holds the position of Director of Hockey Operations / General Manager for the Omaha Junior Lancers High School program in Omaha, NE.
Michael resides in Omaha with his wife Kathy and Toby their West Highland Terrier.
Assistant Director of Scouting and Analytics
Kris is a native of Thunder Bay but hockey has followed him across the country. After growing up in Richmond BC, Kris moved back to Thunder Bay where his coaching career began. In 2017, Kris stepped on board for the inaugural season with the Thunder Bay Fighting Walleye junior b team as an assistant coach and also ran the social media sites for the team. Kris brings years of design experience in hockey and various sports to the club. He looks forward to bringing the fans the best content in the SIJHL!