The mission of the PHATS/SPHEM Annual Meetings is to provide educational and problem solving opportunities for athletic trainers and equipment managers at every level of professional hockey. This is done through our educational symposiums, business meetings, and exhibit hall with our many valued vendors and recognition programs for our members. Currently, PHATS/SPHEM boasts over 600 members, who represent more than 100 Professional, NCAA and Canadian Hockey League teams from across North America and Europe including the NHL, AHL, ECHL, SPHL, NCAA, OHL, WHL, QMJHL and USHL. To further the growth and education of our members, PHATS/SPHEM also welcomes the NHLTPS (National Hockey League Team Physicians Society) and SCAPH (Strength and Conditioning Association of Professional Hockey) to the Conference, giving members the opportunity to work hand in hand with the team doctors and strength coaches to share knowledge, techniques and procedures.
A Note from our Presidents
After much evaluation and consideration of the continued impact the Covid-19 pandemic will have on the PHATS/SPHEM Annual Meeting, including the health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors, PHATS/SPHEM will transition from an in-person event in Phoenix to a virtual event.
We are just as disappointed as you but are confident a virtual experience will allow us to come together to accomplish our goals of education, networking and uniting with our valued exhibitors. We look forward to offering you robust content and the ability to showcase your company to the PHATS/SPHEM members.
Details and logistics are still being finalized, but we encourage you to “Save the Date” for July 14-15, 2021. We will follow up in the coming weeks with more details as they become available as well as registration information. The most current information for PHATS/SPHEM 2021 can be found at phatssphem.com or by following our social media channels.
We wish you good health this Winter and Spring and look forward to coming together and connecting with you virtually in July.
Chris Kingsley & Darren Granger
2021 Annual Meeting Overview
Save the Dates
Mark your calendars for these future important dates.
PHATS/SPHEM Annual Meeting Dates:
2022: June 20-26, JW Marriott Marco Island – Marco Island
2023: June 19-25, JW Marriott Desert Ridge – Phoenix, AZ
2024: June 25-29, Disney Dolphin Resort – Orlando, FL
NATA Conference’s Future Meeting Dates:
2021: June 29 -July 2 – Orlando, Florida
2022: June 28-July 1 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
At least 15 hours of seminars and workshops are offered to members during the Annual Meetings, with topics and speakers representing the entire spectrum of hockey. The symposium is designed specifically for the needs of hockey professionals and provides a unique opportunity for members to collaborate and build understanding across both professions and leagues. Our symposium’s learning objectives will follow the rules and regulations set forth by the BOC for each program in order to obtain continuing education units. The Board of Certification, Inc., the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, the Athletic Equipment Managers Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, all certifying organizations for both professions, recognizes the PHATS/SPHEM Educational Symposium.
The PHATS/SPHEM Annual Meetings offer the most timely and useful educational resources available to professional hockey athletic trainers and equipment managers. Additionally, it provides a unique forum for members to explore the issues that are unique to their work environment. Members meet in general sessions, to share common concerns that exist across all leagues, as well as in league-specific settings, where pertinent issues can be addressed. Because PHATS/SPHEM offers the only such problem solving opportunity, the NHL and most professional hockey leagues, NCAA teams and the Canadian Hockey League send representatives to participate in these important league-level meetings.
Another important component of the PHATS/SPHEM Annual Meeting is the Exhibit Hall. Manufacturers have been invited to show their wares since the early days of the Athletic Trainers Association. Even as the number of exhibitors has increased, the friendly atmosphere has remained, making PHATS/SPHEM a favorite of both equipment manufacturers and sports medicine suppliers alike. But, PHATS/SPHEM is not all handshakes and greetings. It remains one of the few working exhibits where members come equipped with purchase orders and serious interest in new technologies and services. Because it is attended by more ice hockey athletic trainers and equipment managers than any other exhibition, PHATS/SPHEM offers exhibitors an exclusive venue for testing and showing new hockey related products.
A final objective of the PHATS/SPHEM Annual Meetings is to increase awareness of members’ dedication and professionalism. During the annual Hall of Fame Dinner, one member of PHATS or SPHEM is honored for his contribution and service by being inducted into the PHATS/SPHEM Wall of Honor, located in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario. Our Hall of Fame Dinner keynote speakers have included Bill Ranford, Stu Grimson, Pete Weber, David Poile, Larry Carri?re, Ralph Strangis, Paul Coffey, Emile Francis, Harry Neale, Terry Crisp, Jiggs McDonald, Denis Potvin, Bob Miller, Larry Robinson & Brian Skrudland. In addition to the Hall of Fame presentation, several members are recognized for their years of service during the Annual Recognition Program Ceremony.
The Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society & The Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (PHATS/SPHEM) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, military status, sexual orientation or age. PHATS/SPHEM is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in all aspects of its continuing education actives. Participants who have special needs are encouraged to contact program organizers so that all reasonable efforts to accommodate these needs can be made.
Our complete 2019 Conference Photo Gallery is now available online. Use password, phats2019