By Nate LaPoint
Head Equipment Manager, University of Wisconsin
Here in the NCAA we have wrapped up our league play and are heading into the conference tournaments and the NCAA tournament.
We would like to congratulate Atlantic Hockey champs American International, B1G champs Ohio St., ECAC co-champs Quinnipiac and Cornell, NCHC champs St. Cloud State, WCHA champs Minnesota State, and Hockey East champs Massachusetts on wining regular season conference titles.? Best of luck to everyone as we move into the NCAA tournament.
This year?s Frozen 4 is in Buffalo and we would like to thank Dave and his staff for all their help in hosting the teams.? Also, a special thanks to all the other members that help host NCAA teams in NHL, AHL, and ECHL buildings this season. You guys make things easy for our members.
Lastly I want to thank all of the members for their support of Mike Folga this season. I know he really appreciates the support from members across all leagues as he continues to fight cancer.
Best of luck to everyone as the season wraps up. See you all in Austin this summer.
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.
By Nate LaPoint
Equipment Manager, University of Wisconsin
Hope everyone had a great offseason. Things in the NCAA are just getting started with most teams 2-3 weeks into the season.
Big congrats goes out to all the members reaching milestones this season. In the NCAA we have, Chris Iacampo (UCONN), John O?Donnell (Harvard), and Josh Penn (UMASS) reaching 500 NCAA games. As well as Lawrence Venis (Boston University) reaching 1,000 and Tom Magee (Michigan State) at 1500 games! We had a few new guys joining or moving around the NCAA.
We would like to welcome Matt Carroll (Sacred Heart), Brandon Guidotti (New Hampshire), Tom Carroll (Alaska Fairbanks), Rick Procknal (Canisius), and Dan Johansson (North Dakota).
A big thank you to Anita, Natalie and all the members of the Executive Board for another great PHATS/SPHEM convention this summer. Best of luck to everyone in the NCAA this year and hope to catch up with everyone on the road!
By Brian Cheeseman
Head Athletic Therapist, Edmonton Oil Kings
Another offseason has come and gone here in the west and the 2018-19 WHL season is underway. Belated congratulations to Jamie ?Butter? Leblanc of the Swift Current Broncos on all of his hard work on the road to their 2017-18 WHL Championship.
There are a lot
of new faces in our league this year and I would like to take the time to
welcome the following members to the Western Hockey League: RJ Kaszczij
(Brandon Wheat Kings/PHATS), Nathan Hollinger (Calgary Hitmen/PHATS), Mitch
Bain (Kelowna Rockets/SPHEM), Matt Dyck (Moose Jaw Warriors/ SPHEM), and Jorge
Lopez (Seattle Thunderbirds/ SPHEM).
On behalf of our members here in the Western Hockey League I would like to express congratulate and acknowledge two of our members Khore Elliot (Victoria Royals/PHATS) and Mike Burnstein (Vancouver Giants/ PHATS) on their selection to Team Canada for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship this year.
We would also like to recognize PHATS member Greg Mayer of the Regina Pats on working his 1500th game last month. Congrats Greg!
Best of luck to all teams across all of our leagues on a successful and healthy 2018-19 regular season!
Head Athletic Trainer
Here?s to another season of ECHL hockey. We would like to welcome our two newest teams, the Maine Mariners and Newfoundland Growlers.
We would also like to say good luck to the Colorado Eagles on their transition to the AHL. This leaves us at 27 teams strong. To all the new staffs, we say welcome and to all those who have moved on, best of luck.
Here?s to a great 2018-19 ECHL hockey season.