Photograph by John Cordes
During Anaheim Ducks games, fourth-year Power Player Brittnei Miller sprints across the ice while dodging players and refs to shovel hazards (including teeth and blood) out of the way. Off the ice, the Chapman graduate recently earned a master’s degree in conservation and management of protected areas from Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. She also works full time at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Eco-Adventure Center. Balancing her passions isn’t easy, but the Orange native has bigger goals: “I want to do research in Africa on ways to create better relations between humans and carnivores.”
I grew up loving hockey, and my family members are season-ticket holders. I even play on a women’s rookie league on the weekends. People misinterpret it as just pretty girls skating around, but we take the job seriously.
Best part of being a Power Player?
Pumping up the crowd and hitting the ice. We also aid in a lot of community charity events like We Give Thanks, where we help provide a Thanksgiving meal at Honda Center to those in need.
Your dream career?
Working for National Geographic. Educating the public about conservation and wildlife management while getting to travel.
How do you juggle it all?
I’m a dreamer and have a lot of energy. When I first auditioned to be a Power Player, I didn’t even know we got paid. It was just something I wanted to do.
Anything else you’re making time for these days?
I’m studying to be a certified personal trainer and also preparing to run a marathon.