Featured Skater: Jeffrey Dahminator

Name: Jeffrey Dahminator, but you can call me Dahmer.

Can we call you Jeff? No.

Number: 187

Year you got involved with roller derby: 2018, I just celebrated my first year on quad skates.

Where are you from originally? I’m originally from Ann Arbor, Mi., but I consider the Keweenaw home.

Name a fun little known fact about you: I collect bones and teeth. My friends will send me text messages about where I can find interesting/rare road kill, and many of them save their children’s baby teeth for me. I suppose “fun” is a subjective word…

How did you get involved with roller derby: My derby wife, Hex, wanted to try the league’s summertime bootcamp and I agreed to go along as moral support. I fell in love immediately.

How did you pick your name? I’m a huge true crime fan. To be honest, I played with the idea of a couple serial killer based names, but given my hobbies, Dahmer was definitely the most appropriate for me.

What is your pre-derby sports/skating background? I played field hockey in middle and high school and messed around on roller skates at friend’s houses growing up.

Do you have a pre-game ritual? I like to collect a satchel of good luck charms (rabbit’s foot, crystals, some dried herbs etc) and hold them while thinking good thoughts. Sometimes I’ll pass the satchel around the bench and have my teammates give it a good luck touch as well. On the other end of the spectrum, watching fight scenes from the movie 300 is also very effective for my
game mood.

Have you held any leadership positions in leagues? How have those positively impacted your personal roller derby career? I’m currently the bout production chairperson on the KRD board. I love being involved and knowing the inner workings of the league.

What is your job outside of roller derby? And how, if at all, has it contributed to your experience of roller derby? I’m lucky enough to be able to stay home with my kids. Lucky also being a subjective word, I had to pause these questions to wipe someone else’s butt.

And lastly, favorite places in the Keweenaw? Every fall I have to make a trip down Covered Drive, changing tree colors make every bone in my body happy. I also enjoy sitting quietly and alone anywhere on Lake Superior and absorbing the energy of the big lake.