Fran Rider began playing hockey in 1967 with the Brampton Canadettes. Eight years later, the Ontario Women's Hockey Association was formed and Rider became the executive director. The Association was formed to generate interest in women's hockey. When Angela James was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 8, 2010, James said that without Rider, she would never have made it to the Hockey Hall of Fame. 
Awards and honors
- An award is named after her and is given to the silver medal-winning team at the Canadian Senior Women's National Championships. The award is known as the Fran Rider Cup.
- Of note, Rider was the first female recipient of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association's Award of Merit.
- The Ontario Hockey Association's Minor Hockey Service Award was given to Fran, and she was the first woman to claim that honour.
- OHA's Gold Stick Award
- Ontario Ministry of Culture and Citizenship's Contribution to Sport Award
- Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame