The Time Out Sports, Sports Star of the Month for December goes to Bob Miller, for his continued effort and support of Winkler Minor Hockey.
"By my reaction from your phone call when you called me, I was a little shocked. I was a little taken back by it, but also was excited and happy that it happened," said Miller.
Miller is an assistant coach with the Pee Wee Gold Winkler Flyers team this season and has been a coach for roughly nine years.
"Sometimes wonder if you are making any difference in these young players or if you are having any impact. To receive something like this as a coach I think it's good to get that recognition because you can kind of feel that way," said Miller.
The nominator was Jaden Klassen, who is the the teams goaltender, and has been coached by Miller for a number of years. Klassen mentioned Miller has been one of his favourite coaches throughout his years playing hockey.
"Not losing confidence if we are done by a couple of goals," said Klassen, when asked about what the biggest thing Miller has taught him over the years. "Bob (Miller) will just bring the team back up and we will come back and win sometimes."
Klassen added not losing confidence is huge for a goaltender, because you won't stop many pucks if you don't believe that you can and will.
"Bob (Miller) goes above and beyond for the kids. I think he's the only one of us coaches that's been at every practice, and he started a dry-land training once a week that he runs himself. The kids are lucky to have him as a coach," head coach Tyler Hildebrand said of Miller.
As for Miller's $50 gift card to Time Out Sports, he is looking at the possibility of using it to help pay for player-of-the-game awards in the second half of the season.