PHATS President’s Message – Fall 2018

As we are well underway in the 2018- 2019 season, I would like to thank everyone for making our annual meetings in Orlando, FL a tremendous success. It was our largest meeting to date in terms of attendance and vendors. We had 200 vendors this year! It?s truly amazing to see the interaction amongst all our peers and various groups.

Plans are already underway for our 2019 meeting in Austin, TX. Please plan on joining us June 18-23 at the beautiful JW Marriott Austin. Please contact any Executive Committee members with any of your suggestions or concerns.

A very special thanks is in order for Anita Ramsay and Natalie Grant. Their commitment to our groups is greatly appreciated and never taken for granted. Our respective groups are very fortunate to have the two of them leading us!

I would like to thank the NHL and NHLPA for their continued involvement and support of our meetings. Our continued collaborative partnerships grow stronger each year. We look forward to working with each other in the future.

Thanks to the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Sabres Alumni for supporting Robert ?Rip? Simonick in his induction in the PHATS- SPHEM Hall of Fame. It was a great honor to have Pat LaFontaine, Rob Ray and Rick Jeanerette in attendance to share so many memorable stories about Rip. The attendance at the dinner was outstanding and everyone had a great time.

I would like to congratulate Piet Van Zant of the Detroit Red Wings for his selection to represent the Eastern Conference at the 2019 NHL All-Star game in San Jose, CA. This will be Piet?s first All-Star appearance. Piet is in his 17th season as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Red Wings. Piet will join Ray Tufts and Wes Howard of the San Jose Sharks as they are hosting this year?s event.

I look forward to my continued representation of our membership, working with Darren Granger of SPHEM and Anita Ramsay as we navigate through the 2018-2019 season. Please let any of us know if you have any concerns or want to get involved.

It is a unique situation for Darren and I to represent our respective societies and work down the hall from each other. We are always available.

I wish everyone the best of luck and health during the season.

Best Regards,

Chris Kingsley
Head Athletic Trainer
Los Angeles Kings
PHATS President

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