By Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD Introduction Almost all athletes find ways to train their muscles, reaction time, speed, and agility. However, to be at the top, that is not always enough.  Top performers not only want more, they need more.  Competitive athletes are always looking to get an edge in sports.  If they want to […]

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With Jon Geller, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Toronto Maple Leafs Brent Smith started his career in professional hockey as an Athletic Therapist with the Halifax Citadels. After a 20-year journey with stops in Toronto and New Jersey, Brent parlayed his experience in professional hockey into a successful career in medical sales with DJO Global. Brent remains […]

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By John Forget, Head Equipment Manager, Ottawa Senators Introduction This will be my fourth time working with Team Canada at an international event.  This will be my first with the Olympic team as the first three were at World Championships. I found out about this great opportunity some time ago.  It was in conjunction with […]

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By Jamaal Baribeau, Director of Equipment, University of St. ThomasQuestions provided by Zach Richards What is going on within the supply chain right now?  The supply chain is just a mess – from manufacturing to getting the items off the shipping containers.   What factors are contributing to the issues in the supply chain currently? […]

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Alumni Update – Fall 2021

Changes Got a phone call from John Doolan, who wanted to know if I could write an article for the alumni about life after hockey.  Guess I never thought about a life after hockey.  For years we live out our dream and never think that it will end.   The first time it ended I […]

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Let’s Get Kraken

By Mike Booi, Head Athletic Trainer, Seattle Kraken PHATS:  When did you find out that you would be joining the Kraken? MB:  About 5-6 months ago. Somewhere in the middle of October 2020. It’s been a blur. It actually happened quite quickly. We were fully immersed in PPE ordering after the bubble experience when I […]

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Composite Hockey Sticks and Wrist Injuries: The ECU Tendon

By Herb von Schroeder MD, Liam Plewes, and Steve McCabe MD In the 1980s, the shift from laminated wood hockey sticks to aluminum-wood composite sticks with aluminum shafts and wooden blades was a technological advancement that changed the game. In the late 1990s, full composite sticks were introduced, balancing the flexibility and lightness of wooden […]

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Mark Brennan in the News

After nearly four decades in junior and pro hockey, the Winterhawks’ head equipment manager is calling it quits, and you can just call him “Peaches.”. Click here to view the article on For these articles and much more be sure to Like our Facebook page, phats.sphem

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My NHL Bubble Experience

By Alex Menezes, Asst. Equipment Manager, Ottawa Senators          As we all know 2020 has been kind of a strange year, from ending our hockey seasons in mid March to watching a Stanley cup being raised in October, in a Bubble, who would have thought.          Some of you reading this may or may not […]

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Behind the Scenes of Sports, COVID Edition

By Grace Heidinger             It has been almost eight months since the world was hit by the coronavirus. For the sport’s world, that meant no live games, tournaments, or championships during this time. However, since then, the pause on sports has been lifted, but the industry is still facing challenges as a result of the […]

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