Hope this finds everyone doing well during this unprecedented time of the suspension and cancellation of our seasons. We hope that everyone is using this time to take care of their families and themselves. 

As we all know, the Covid-19 virus is a very fluid situation and, in our case, the PHATS/SPHEM Annual Meeting is a little under three months away.  At this time the meeting has not been officially cancelled, however we are in a holding pattern.  We know the personal strain this time has put on everyone and we are aware of the financial ramifications this has put on our valuable sponsors, vendors, members and teams.  We would encourage you to wait to register for the meeting, book flights or make hotel reservations until we can make final decisions in regards to our meeting in Orlando.We are continually monitoring the situation and relying on the information provided by the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Infection) and WHO (World Health Organization) to monitor the status of Coronavirus itself as well as the response and best practices of our industry (exhibitions, meetings and events). 

We understand there are many questions and concerns. We assure you that we are considering all options, and nothing is more important than everyone’s health and safety. 

We look forward to honoring Peter Millar as the next 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 Hockey Club. Peter spent the next 17 years in that position before moving on to his current position with Warrior Hockey. All in all, Peter has dedicated the last 42 years of his life to the world of professional hockey.Thank you all for your patience and be well.

 Darren and Chris

Welcome to the 2019-20 Season!

We would first like to thank everyone for making our 2019 Annual Meeting in Austin Texas a huge success. We continue to have amazing support from our vendors and record attendance.

Plans are well underway for our 2020 meeting in Orlando Florida. Please mark your calendars for June 15-20 as we are back at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Please register early as we expect another ?sold out? conference. We are always looking for educational content, articles, news, tricks and tips from the field. Please reach out to the PHATS/SPHEM office or any members of the Executive Committees if you would like to help or have any interesting ideas.

Special thanks to Anita Ramsay and Natalie Grant and their staff for all their hard work and commitment to our groups. We are very fortunate to have them taking care of all the details for us to be able to put on a conference of this size. Speaking of all their hard work, please be sure to check out our brand-new website with many new features and information. www.phatssphem.com

We also could not have this conference without the continued support of our sponsors. We would like to thank the NHL and the NHLPA for their continued support and involvement at our meetings. We look forward to building on our partnerships with all of our sponsors and vendors.

We are very pleased to announce that our 2020 PHATS SPHEM Hall of Fame inductee will be Peter Millar. A man who has literally done it all in our business, Peter has spent 28 seasons in the National Hockey League, 17 seasons as Head Equipment Manager of the LA Kings and 11 seasons as the Head Athletic Trainer of the Edmonton Oilers. Peter was a member of 4 Stanley Cup Champion Oilers teams and is currently working his 14th season as a Pro Rep for Warrior Hockey. We look forward to celebrating Peter?s illustrious career with his family and friends.

We would also like to announce that PHATS has officially endorsed the NATA statement of recommendations to reduce the risk of injury related to sport specialization for adolescent and young athletes. PHATS was joined in this endorsement by PFATS, PBATS, the NBATA and the PSATS.

In closing congratulations to Scott Boggs of the New York Islanders and Jim McCrossin of the Philadelphia Flyers on their selections to join Ray Barile, Joel Farnsworth and the St. Louis Blues staff as they host the 2020 NHL All Star Game.

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

Darren & Chris

I wish all of you a very Happy Spring.  With the change of season comes the end of the 2018-2019 regular season and the push for playoff positions for some of us, and for the rest of us we are making plans for exit physicals and doing the dreaded end of year inventory and reports.  I wish all of you the best of luck down the stretch. The playoffs will bring much excitement I?m sure and I wish you all good health.

Plans are well under way for our annual conference this year as we are headed to Austin, TX.  Please make your plans to join your colleagues June 18-23 at the beautiful JW Marriott Austin.  We are expecting another tremendous turnout so please be sure to register and secure your hotel reservations.

I want to thank the NHL, NHLPA and all our vendors and sponsors for the continued support. As we continue to grow as societies you all have been there every step of the way.  We look forward to our continued collaboration in the years to come.

Congratulations to Kenny Lowe as this year?s inductee into the PHATS/SPHEM Hall of Fame.  Kenny is deserving of this recognition for his many years of service in the Edmonton Oilers organization. For over twenty years Kenny served as the Head Athletic Therapist for the Oilers.  He was part of the 1990 Stanley Cup Champions.

Please plan to attend the Awards dinner as we celebrate the outstanding career of Kenny with his friends and family. Kevin Lowe will be our guest speaker and I?m sure he has many good stories about Kenny.  We look forward to a great evening.

A special thanks goes to the Edmonton Oilers and the Edmonton Oilers Alumni for sponsoring the Hall of Fame Award dinner. We truly appreciate your support.

I would also like to congratulate Wayne Smith as our Frank and Vi Rowe Award recipient.  Wayne has been a tremendous supporter of ours for over 20 years. 

As always, I must give special thanks to Anita Ramsay and Natalie Grant.  The work they do is remarkable!  Their continued dedication and commitment to our societies is awesome.  They are truly the driving force behind all we do.  Thank you Anita and Natalie.

I would also like to thank the PHATS Executive board members. I value and respect your opinions regarding the many challenges we face.  We all have the best interests of PHATS in mind at all times.

As I end this message, I want to thank Darren Granger for all his efforts as President of SPHEM over the past year.  I truly enjoy working with you on a daily basis as we strive to make our societies even stronger.  I look forward to our future challenges.

Please register for this year?s meeting and I look forward to seeing all of you.  Please feel free to reach out with any concerns.



Chris Kingsley
Head Athletic Trainer 
Los Angeles Kings 
PHATS President

As another regular season comes to a close I want to wish everyone who is gearing up for a long run in the playoffs the best of luck! It is also time to start thinking about our annual meeting.  We have a great location this year for our members and our valued vendors to get together at the JW Marriott in Austin Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World!

I want to express a great deal of thanks to Anita Ramsay and Natalie Grant for all their hard work in planning our annual conference. This show could not be put on without them!

We think we have a great meeting planned for all. Plenty of education sessions and time to interact as a group. Our vendor exhibition continues to sell out with 200 exhibit booths this year. Many thanks to the SPHEM Executive Committee for all their efforts. Also, to PHATS President, Chris Kingsley for his help and support in my first year as president. It is nice having him down the hallway to be able to bounce ideas off each other.  I appreciate all these guys do for our group, while maintaining their busy schedules.

Congratulations Ken Lowe who will be our 2019 PHATS/SPHEM Hall of Fame honoree. Please join us as we honor Ken on his amazing career. We are also very happy to welcome former Edmonton Oilers great and Ken?s brother Kevin who I am sure will have many stories about Ken?s many accomplishments. We also look forward to honoring our members who have reached milestones in their own careers. Please join us for a great night.

Special thanks to our valued sponsors, long time exhibitors and our vendors who are joining us for the first time. Without all of you we could not put on a conference of this size.

Best of luck the rest of the way! We look forward to seeing everyone in Austin,


Darren Granger
Head Equipment Manager
Los Angeles Kings

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

As we are well underway in the 2018- 2019 season, I would like to thank everyone for making our annual meetings in Orlando, FL a tremendous success. It was our largest meeting to date in terms of attendance and vendors. We had 200 vendors this year! It?s truly amazing to see the interaction amongst all our peers and various groups.

Plans are already underway for our 2019 meeting in Austin, TX. Please plan on joining us June 18-23 at the beautiful JW Marriott Austin. Please contact any Executive Committee members with any of your suggestions or concerns.

A very special thanks is in order for Anita Ramsay and Natalie Grant. Their commitment to our groups is greatly appreciated and never taken for granted. Our respective groups are very fortunate to have the two of them leading us!

I would like to thank the NHL and NHLPA for their continued involvement and support of our meetings. Our continued collaborative partnerships grow stronger each year. We look forward to working with each other in the future.

Thanks to the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Sabres Alumni for supporting Robert ?Rip? Simonick in his induction in the PHATS- SPHEM Hall of Fame. It was a great honor to have Pat LaFontaine, Rob Ray and Rick Jeanerette in attendance to share so many memorable stories about Rip. The attendance at the dinner was outstanding and everyone had a great time.

I would like to congratulate Piet Van Zant of the Detroit Red Wings for his selection to represent the Eastern Conference at the 2019 NHL All-Star game in San Jose, CA. This will be Piet?s first All-Star appearance. Piet is in his 17th season as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Red Wings. Piet will join Ray Tufts and Wes Howard of the San Jose Sharks as they are hosting this year?s event.

I look forward to my continued representation of our membership, working with Darren Granger of SPHEM and Anita Ramsay as we navigate through the 2018-2019 season. Please let any of us know if you have any concerns or want to get involved.

It is a unique situation for Darren and I to represent our respective societies and work down the hall from each other. We are always available.

I wish everyone the best of luck and health during the season.

Best Regards,

Chris Kingsley
Head Athletic Trainer
Los Angeles Kings
PHATS President

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.
Best wishes,


Chris Kingsley
Chris Kingsley

Chris Kingsley,
PHATS President
Head Athletic Trainer
Los Angeles Kings