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.
Head Athletic Trainer
Los Angeles Kings
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,
Head Equipment Manager
Los Angeles Kings
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.