PHATS Member Spotlight – Rich Stinziano

Rich Stinziano, Head Athletic Trainer, Buffalo Sabres PHATS: What made you want a career in the athletic training profession and how did you get your start? RS: My parents had season tickets for Syracuse University football at the Carrier Dome back in my hometown of Syracuse NY. Watching the athletic trainers take care of the […]

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SPHEM Member Spotlight – Joel Farnsworth

Joel Farnsworth, Head Equipment Manager, St. Louis Blues SPHEM: What got you started in the equipment profession and how did you get your start in Professional Hockey? JF: I got started in the equipment profession as a student manager for the University of Vermont hockey team in 1995.  My neighbors in the dorm were on […]

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SPHEM Member Spotlight – Tony Da Costa

Tony Da Costa, Head Equipment Manager, Minnesota Wild SPHEM: What got you started in the equipment profession and how did you get your start in Professional Hockey. TD: When I was 13 the Winnipeg Jets practices were open to the public. I would go all the time and I met Pat O?Neil who was the […]

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PHATS Member Spotlight – Jon Sanderson

Jon Sanderson, Head Athletic Therapist, Vancouver Canucks PHATS: What made you want a career in the athletic training profession and how did you get your start? JS: It was a way to combine sports medicine and stay involved as part of a team. Like a lot of us I started out by volunteering and helping […]

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SPHEM Member Spotlight – Mike Aldrich

By Mike AldrichHead Equipment Manager, San Jose Sharks SPHEM: What got you started in the equipment profession and how did you get your start in professional hockey? MA: I got started at Michigan Tech.  I used to take stats for the hockey team.  The hockey coach (Herb Boxer) at the time encouraged me to apply […]

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PHATS Member Spotlight – Mike Vogt

Mike Vogt, Head Athletic Trainer, Columbus Blue Jackets PHATS: What made you want a career in the athletic training profession and how did you get your start? MV: I originally wanted to become a PT, but after working in a clinic and hospital through college, I realized I needed to be involved with sports and […]

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PHATS Member Spotlight – TD Forss

By T.D. ForssHead Athletic Therapist, Edmonton Oilers PHATS: What got you started in the Athletic Therapy profession and how did you get your start in Professional Hockey? TF: I always thought that I did not want a desk job that required me to wear a suit and tie all day, so after high school I […]

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SPHEM Member Spotlight – Skip Cunningham

Skip CunninghamEquipment Manager, Carolina Hurricanes SPHEM: What got you started in the equipment profession and how did you get your start in Professional Hockey? SC: I was raised very close to the Northeastern University Athletic field. I hung out there quiet a bit and athletics became a huge part of my life. I worked at […]

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SPHEM Member Spotlight: Tim Leroy

By Tim LeroyHead Equipment Manager, Columbus Blue Jackets SPHEM: What got you started in the equipment profession and how did you get your start in Professional Hockey? TL: I grew up playing hockey in Michigan and enjoyed it so much I started helping the Western Michigan hockey team as a stick boy when I was […]

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PHATS MEMBER Spotlight: Domenic Nicoletta

By Domenic NicolettaHead Athletic Trainer, Ottawa Senators PHATS: What got you started in the athletic training profession and how did you get your start in Professional Hockey? DN: I was introduced to the field of athletic therapy in my first year at the University of Ottawa. We had a guest speaker in our Intro to […]

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