President’s Message – Spring 2022

Spring is here and we are in the home stretch with the playoffs just around the corner. It has been great to see everyone this season and to travel to each city.

We are very excited to be planning an IN-PERSON meeting and having it at a new property this year on the ocean in Marco Island, Florida. By all accounts the JW Marriott is a beautiful and great place for us to hold our annual meetings.

We are so pleased to be back meeting face to face and interacting with our colleagues and vendors. We have an excellent lineup of speakers and education seminars. Thank you to the education committees of both PHATS and SPHEM for their work in making our meetings informative.

Good things are worth waiting for and we can finally honor Peter Millar as this year’s PHATS/SPHEM Hockey Hall of Fame inductee. Peter spent 11 years with the Edmonton Oilers as their Head Athletic Therapist winning four Stanley Cups.  After leaving Edmonton, he landed in Los Angeles as the Head Equipment Manager for the Kings. Peter spent the next 17 years in that position before moving on to his current position in Pro Services with Warrior Hockey. All in all, Peter has dedicated the last 43 years of his life to the world of professional hockey.

Congratulations are also in order, for our Frank and Vi Rowe award recipient, Dan Mecrones from Warrior Hockey. Dan continues to be a huge supporter of PHATS/SPHEM and a good friend to both of our groups.

Thank you to all our sponsors who help allow us to put on a first-class event. Special mention to the NHL and the NHLPA for their continued support. Their support of our meetings speaks volumes to the value both groups provide to the game of hockey.

Special thank you to Anita Ramsay and Natalie Grant for all their hard work throughout the year and leading into the planning of the meetings. We could not hold this event without their leadership.

We strongly encourage you to check your emails now and register early. Anita and Natalie are ready to reserve your spot for members and vendors. We plan to have another sold out exhibition hall so make sure to sign up now.

We look forward to seeing everyone June 22–26th in Marco Island, Florida.

Chris and Darren

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