By: John Doolan & Kody Moffat
In last Spring?s letter, we had a cooperative article contributed by many of our alum.
One submission, I thought was of particular interest was from Kody Moffat. Kody was the trainer for the Kansas City Blade of the IHL for a few years. Due to space we were not able to print his complete story. I would like to share his tale with you in this piece.
Thank you for the email. I am honored you thought of me for this after all these years. My time in Professional Hockey was relatively brief but I have fond memories of the people and events during that time that come back to me almost daily.
I spent three years in professional hockey (?91-?94) working with the San Jose Sharks IHL affiliate the Kansas City Blades. During that time I had the privilege of being partnered with Tim LeRoy and Mike Aldrich (both exceptional professionals in their own right) while being mentored by Tommy Woodcock, who taught me more about sports medicine and the game than anyone else who I have ever met. While I was working at that level, I felt like I had the ability to do much of what our team physicians were doing. After months of soul searching my wife and I made one of the most difficult decisions of my career and left hockey to pursue a career as a physician. The tough part was I was not Pre-Med in college so I needed to go back and complete some of the basic science courses I did not take in college. It was a shock to go from locker room life to being a student in the classroom again.
I was fortunate enough to get accepted into medical school after making up that coursework and was completely confident on my first day of medical school I would complete my training and become an orthopedic surgeon doing sports medicine, because after all that was what I knew. By the end of my first year of medical school my career goals had completely turned around and I had made the decision to become a Pediatrician. I often joked that hockey players act like kids so that fit was a natural. I practiced general pediatrics while still dabbling in sports medicine for 12 years in the Omaha, NE area before the Children?s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha decided it wanted to start a Pediatric Sports Medicine program. I now practice that exclusively and still draw on the lessons learned during my years in professional hockey. I remember and appreciate the athletic trainers, equipment managers, coaches, and players fondly. I smile and laugh at many of the stories we share along with those that are better left unsaid. I am truly honored to have worked in professional hockey and to have been a member of PHATS. My colleagues at that time were truly the best in the world at what they did.
It was a difficult decision to leave the game. I miss the boys and the locker room banter along with my colleagues in the league the most. My time in hockey was a challenging but fantastic time in my life. Thanks for giving me an excuse to take a trip down memory lane.
by Todd Klein
Head Athletic Trainer
Waterloo Black Hawks
Welcome back to the 2018- 19 hockey season.
We here at the USHL have been back at it since the end of August. We would like to welcome new Athletic Trainers, Derrick Grieshaber (Fargo Force), Dan Sandell (Madison Capitols), Adam Strecker (Tri-City Storm). Also, new Equipment Managers Brian Stoya (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Cam Schultz (Madison Capitols), Christian Burgett (Sioux City Musketeers), Parker Anderson (Sioux Falls Stampede), and Matt Francassi (Tri-City Storm).
Congratulations to the Waterloo Black Hawks on winning the Anderson Cup (regular season championship), and the Fargo Force for winning the Clark Cup (playoff championship).
Congratulations to the record number of NHL draft picks out of the USHL this past summer. We hope everyone has a healthy and winning upcoming season.
Hi All. Happy Spring!
It?s that time of year when the 2017-2018 season is coming to an end and some are preparing for that long journey through the Stanley Cup Playoffs and others are tying up all loose ends from the season and making plans for the summer. Best of luck to all of those who are involved in this year?s playoffs.
With summer comes our annual conference and this year we are heading south to Orlando, FL. Please make your plans to join your friends and colleagues June 19-24 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. As the final plans are being made we look forward to another great conference with all of you.
I want to thank the NHL, NHLPA and all of our vendors and sponsors for your continued support. You are the driving forces behind our meetings and we appreciate all you do for our societies. We look forward to working together for many years to come.
Congratulations to Robert ?Rip? Simonick as this year?s inductee into the PHATS/SPHEM Hall of Fame. We all know how much Rip means to our groups and his legacy has touched many along the way. Please plan to attend the Awards dinner as we celebrate the remarkable career and most importantly the man, Rip Simonick.
I would be remiss if I didn?t give special thanks to Anita Ramsay and Natalie Grant for all they do. Their dedication and commitment to our societies is truly amazing. In my two years as PHATS President, I have a new found respect and admiration for both Anita and Natalie for the work they do on a daily basis. Without them, Pete Rogers and I would be lost!
A very special thanks goes out to Pete Rogers of the Nashville Predators. Pete and I have worked very closely on several projects over the past 2 years and I appreciate his guidance and professionalism. Thanks Pete!
Please register for this year?s meeting and I look forward to seeing all of you. Please feel free to share any concerns you may have as we move forward.
See you all in Orlando.
Head Athletic Trainer
Los Angeles Kings