SPHEM President’s Message – Fall 2018

Welcome to the 2018-19 Season!

Hope everyone got through their training camps and are well underway with our season?s!

I first want to thank Pete Rogers for all his hard work, dedication and vision for SPHEM as his term as President has come to an end. Pete has been a huge influence on both societies and I am very happy that the incoming Executive Committee for SPHEM can continue to lean on him for years to come.

Congratulations again to Rip Simonick on his induction into the PHATS/SPHEM Hall of Fame. A well- deserved honor for his outstanding career and dedication to PHATS/SPHEM, the National Hockey League and his Buffalo Sabres. It was a great celebration for Rip in Orlando. Special thanks to Pat Lafontaine, Rob Ray and Rick Jeanneret for showing how proud his family and friends are of Rip?s great career. We again had a very successful meeting in Orlando with a record number of vendors and registered members.

Special thanks to Anita and Natalie and their staff for all their hard work that goes in to making our convention the very best it can be.

The Executive Committee would also like to extend our appreciation to all our sponsors and vendors who continue to support us, we could not put on a convention of this size without your continued support. With that said, preparations have already begun for next year?s convention at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas.

The Executive Committee is putting a big emphasis on planning on our education sessions for the coming meetings. If you have any suggestions of topics you would like to hear about or would like to contribute in any way please contact any of the Executive Committee, we would love to hear from you.

In closing, congratulations to Dave Williams of the Buffalo Sabres on his selection to join Mike Aldrich and his staff with the San Jose Sharks as they host the 2019 NHL All Star Game.

Best of luck to all members and supporters of SPHEM this season. May everyone stay healthy and safe. We look forward to seeing all of you in Austin in June.

Best of luck his season, and safe travels,


Darren Granger
Head Equipment Manager
Los Angeles Kings

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