To all PHATS and SPHEM Members,

We hope this finds everyone doing well during these unprecedented and uncertain times. Hard to believe that seven months have passed since all of our seasons were impacted by the Covid-19 global pandemic. We are hopeful that everyone is using this time to take care of their families and themselves. This has been a very trying and unpredictable time in our personal and professional lives.

We applaud all of those who participated in the NHL Playoffs. We know the “Bubble” life was not easy and many sacrifices were made.

It seems now that we are all anticipating news regarding the start to our respective seasons. As we wait for our leagues to make those decisions, we feel it may be helpful to prepare the best you can so when the time comes the transition may be a little easier. We are sympathetic that many teams have restrictions in place regarding compensation, budgets and ordering supplies and equipment.

The “normal” we once knew is changed for the immediate future. The way we do our jobs have changed as well. Many of us have new added responsibilities placed upon us. We will all get through these difficult times. We like to think that if we “expect the unexpected”, it will help adapt and improvise when the time comes.

We remain hopeful and continue planning for the annual conference at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, June 13-19, while remaining watchful of this unique situation. We are continually monitoring state and local regulations and best practices of our industry (exhibitions, meetings and events). We assure you that we are considering all options, and nothing is more important than everyone’s health and safety. 

We look forward to finally being able to 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 Los Angeles Kings. Peter spent the next 17 years in that position before moving on to his current position as Pro Services Rep with Warrior Hockey. All in all, Peter has dedicated the last 43 years of his life to the world of professional hockey.

As always, we would be remiss by not acknowledging the tremendous efforts of Antia Ramsay and Natalie Grant. They have continued to work through the “pause” and have implemented many new upgrades. These include a new website design, online directory membership, sponsorship and advertising opportunities and help support continuing education programs virtually.

We look forward to being able to get together with all our members and valued vendors this year in Phoenix.

Best of luck to everyone and stay safe, as we look forward to getting our season’s started.

Darren and Chris