Nate LaPoint Brings us to Beijing

By Nate Lapoint, Head Equipment Manager, University of Wisconsin, Men’s Hockey Two flights. A 4-hour layover in Tokyo. 16 hours total in-air. We are still not to the hotel in Beijing, China yet! Time seemed to go so slow that day even though the previous month leading up to this went extremely fast. Planning was […]

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Cardiopulmonary Issues in Athletes Following COVID-19

Summary by Kevin Ricks, Athletic Trainer, University of Notre Dame, Men’s Hockey I’m sure everyone is done hearing about all things COVID related but as we hopefully move into a new phase of management it is imperative that we make decisions based on the science and research that does exist.  I am highlighting a study […]

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

By Ian Cox, Assistant Equipment Manager, Ottawa Senators As I write this it was almost two years to the day that the hockey world was first affected by Covid. We played in Los Angeles and before the game the news broke that there were positive cases in the NBA. We knew that was it. The […]

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VISION TRAINING – HELPING ATHLETES ACHIEVE PEAK PERFORMANCE

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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A CONVERSATION WITH BRENT SMITH

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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MY OLYMPICS EXPERIENCE SO FAR

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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THE SUPPLY CHAIN

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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