Debbie Hayes comes from a long line of hockey enthusiasts. Her parents, Ray and Adele Harrison and her Grandmother attended the St. Louis Braves games, an affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, on a regular basis from 1963 to 1967. When the Blues came to St. Louis in 1967, the family became season ticket holders and quickly moved from fans to supporters of hockey and avid volunteers.
Debbie spent much of her free time at area rinks watching her brother, Craig Harrison, play and her husband coach youth hockey. Her parents both volunteered countless hours with Mid-States Club Hockey Association. When her son, Jeff Hayes, took up the sport, her passion for the sport blossomed. Debbie has served as a coordinator, team mom, coach's wife, fundraiser, hockey parent and fan. She served as Team Manager for the Pee Wee Quebec Team from 1990-1994. Her fund raising efforts made the costs to the families minimal while their young players got the experience of a lifetime.
The St. Louis Hockey community knows Debbie as the "go to" person when it comes to organizing an event and having it executed flawlessly. In 2013, Debbie was asked by the late Todd Ewen to assist him with the 2013 ACHA Nationals tournament in St. Louis. She continues to work behind the scenes on this event each year. She also played a key role in securing and executing the 2015 USA Hockey High School Finals. Debbie also organizes and plans the Mid-States Finals at the Scott Trade Center each year.
Debbie continues to work for Mid-States Club Hockey Association and currently serves as a league administrator. She is the General Manager for the Mid-States America's Showcase, Team Missouri entry and has coordinated team trips to Chicago and Pittsburgh. She also assists with the High School Senior All Star games that are played in memory of her father. Debbie works with the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation to coordinate the Hobey Baker High School Hockey Character Award, which is awarded to a deserving Senior hockey player on each Mid-States team. And if you go to any High School Hockey games, odds are you have seen Debbie selling tickets too!
Her volunteer efforts don't stop with hockey. Debbie assists with events for St. Louis Back Stoppers, the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame and many other charities too countless to mention. She serves on the Executive Board of Responder Rescue, whose mission is to provide assistance; emotional, tangible or monetary, to any area First Responders in need.
The St. Louis Hockey community benefits greatly from the efforts of Debbie Hayes.