PHATS President’s Message – Spring 2019

I wish all of you a very Happy Spring.  With the change of season comes the end of the 2018-2019 regular season and the push for playoff positions for some of us, and for the rest of us we are making plans for exit physicals and doing the dreaded end of year inventory and reports.  I wish all of you the best of luck down the stretch. The playoffs will bring much excitement I?m sure and I wish you all good health.

Plans are well under way for our annual conference this year as we are headed to Austin, TX.  Please make your plans to join your colleagues June 18-23 at the beautiful JW Marriott Austin.  We are expecting another tremendous turnout so please be sure to register and secure your hotel reservations.

I want to thank the NHL, NHLPA and all our vendors and sponsors for the continued support. As we continue to grow as societies you all have been there every step of the way.  We look forward to our continued collaboration in the years to come.

Congratulations to Kenny Lowe as this year?s inductee into the PHATS/SPHEM Hall of Fame.  Kenny is deserving of this recognition for his many years of service in the Edmonton Oilers organization. For over twenty years Kenny served as the Head Athletic Therapist for the Oilers.  He was part of the 1990 Stanley Cup Champions.

Please plan to attend the Awards dinner as we celebrate the outstanding career of Kenny with his friends and family. Kevin Lowe will be our guest speaker and I?m sure he has many good stories about Kenny.  We look forward to a great evening.

A special thanks goes to the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Oilers Alumni for sponsoring the Hall of Fame Award dinner. We truly appreciate your support.

I would also like to congratulate Wayne Smith as our Frank and Vi Rowe Award recipient.  Wayne has been a tremendous supporter of ours for over 20 years. 

As always, I must give special thanks to Anita Ramsay and Natalie Grant.  The work they do is remarkable!  Their continued dedication and commitment to our societies is awesome.  They are truly the driving force behind all we do.  Thank you Anita and Natalie.

I would also like to thank the PHATS Executive board members. I value and respect your opinions regarding the many challenges we face.  We all have the best interests of PHATS in mind at all times.

As I end this message, I want to thank Darren Granger for all his efforts as President of SPHEM over the past year.  I truly enjoy working with you on a daily basis as we strive to make our societies even stronger.  I look forward to our future challenges.

Please register for this year?s meeting and I look forward to seeing all of you.  Please feel free to reach out with any concerns.



Chris Kingsley
Head Athletic Trainer 
Los Angeles Kings 
PHATS President

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