WICHITA, Kan. (June 29) - The Wichita Thunder, in accordance with the ECHL, announced today that head equipment managers and athletic trainers from all 14 participating teams during the 2020-21 season have been selected as winners of the yearly awards.
In recognition of his efforts during the pandemic, Frank Jury has been selected, along with the 13 other equipment managers, as a winner of the ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year award, presented by Warrior Hockey.
In recognition of his efforts during the pandemic, Josh Elmer, along with the 13 other athletic trainers, has been selected as a winner of the ECHL Athletic Trainer of the Year Award, presented by the Fairly Group.
The ECHL is pleased to recognize the athletic training staffs from all 14 Member Teams. Each of the athletic trainers helped to ensure teams are following the ECHL Return to Play protocol during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“On behalf of the ECHL, we would like to thank and recognize each of the Member Teams’ Equipment Managers and Athletic Trainers for their hard work and dedication,” said ECHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Ernst. “First, we asked each of these athletic trainers to go above and beyond this year with all of the testing, PPE and administrative aspects of our protocols on top of what each does daily to make sure their teams were ready to play. We would also like to thank the Fairly Group for helping honor and always being there to assist our Athletic Trainers when needed.”
“Lastly, each one of our equipment managers was tasked with a lot of extra work with all of our protocols on top of what normally is already a tough job. We also would like to thank our exclusive equipment provider Warrior Hockey for helping honor all the ECHL Equipment Managers.”
ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year2020-21 ECHL Equipment Managers2019-20 Chris Burke, Cincinnati Cyclones2018-19 Jason MacDonald, Reading Royals2017-18 Darren Flinchem, Indy Fuel2016-17 Andrew Dvorak, Missouri Mavericks2015-16 Drew Kitts, Quad City Mallards2014-15 Dakota King, Gwinnett Gladiators2013-14 Billy Higgins, Wheeling Nailers2012-13 Adam Dexter, Orlando Solar Bears2011-12 Ryan Martin, Greenville Road Warriors2010-11 Mike Burkhead, Alaska Aces2009-10 Ben Laing, Stockton Thunder2008-09 Pat Noecker, Reading Royals2007-08 Pat Noecker, Reading Royals2005-06 Chris Burke, Fresno Falcons2004-05 John Jennings, Florida Everblades and Russ Holden, Reading Royals2003-04 John Krouse, Pensacola Ice Pilots2002-03 Tom Severance, Charlotte Checker
ECHL Athletic Trainer of the Year2020-21 ECHL Athletic Trainers2019-20 George Bullock, Indy Fuel2018-19 Nick Potter, Kansas City Mavericks2017-18 Matt Aiello, Greenville Swamp Rabbits2016-17 Cole Libby, Utah Grizzlies2015-16 Scott McLay, Alaska Aces2014-15 Brad Fredrick, Toledo Walleye2013-14 Steve Ruhmel, Florida Everblades2012-13 Bob Case, Cincinnati Cyclones2011-12 Mike Schroeder, Chicago Express2010-11 Kevin Anderson, Stockton Thunder2009-10 Bobby Walls, Ontario Reign2008-09 Bryan Rodgers, Dayton Bombers2007-08 Brian Grogesky, Reading Royals
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