By Brian Cheeseman
Athletic Therapist, Edmonton Oil Kings

As I sit here writing this update on what would’ve been opening weekend of the WHL playoffs I can’t help but think about all of our PHATS and SPHEM members here in the Western Hockey League who work tirelessly behind the scenes each and every day. Long hours of dedicated work all brought to a screeching halt as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. As disheartening as this all is I think we can all agree the cancellation was done in the best interests of not only our players but for our coaches and ourselves as well. A special acknowledgement to Scott Hoyer (PHATS) and Chaydyn Johnson (SPHEM) for all of their hard work behind the scenes for the 2020 Memorial Cup in Kelowna. Hopefully the opportunity will arise again for this prestigious event to be held in Kelowna in the coming years.

Congratulations to the CHL members of the 2020 IIHF U20 gold medalists for Team Canada: Brian St. Louis (SPHEM/Baie-Comeau QMJHL), Chris Maton (SPHEM/London OHL), Kyle Sutton (PHATS/Shawinigan QMJHL) and especially Mike Burnstein (PHATS/Vancouver WHL). Congrats on a job well done gentlemen! Shout out as well to Victoria Royals Equipment Manager and SPHEM member Matt Auerbach who recently worked his 1000th game.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Meeting this June in Orlando, Florida. A reminder to all new PHATS members in our League that you can obtain valuable CEU’s through the CATA or NATA for attending the conference.