The ECHL on Monday announced that Rick Covard of the South Carolina Stingrays has been named the athletic trainer and Tony Deynzer of the Colroado Eagles has been named the equipment manager for the 2015 CCM / ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Visit Orlando following voting by each of the league’s trainers and equipment managers.
Covard is in his second season as head athletic trainer for the Stingrays after assisting the staff for parts of the previous three campaigns. A native of Rochester, N.Y., Covard has over 14 years of experience in sports medicine including five years at Trident Sports Medicine in North Charleston. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Exercise from Charleston Southern University and a Masters in MS Rehabilitation Science from Clarion University in Pennsylvania.
Deynzer worked in the sport of hockey since 1995 when he broke in as the equipment manager for the Springfield Junior Blues of the NAHL. The Peoria, Ill. native has also worked for the Peoria Rivermen (1996-97), Louisville Riverfrogs (1997-98) and Memphis RiverKings (1997-98); he also worked part of the 1999-00 season for the Corpus Christi Ice Rays. Deynzer previously held the same position during the 1998-99 season in San Antonio with the Iguanas but left after that season to work for the Tupelo T-Rex of the Western Professional Hockey League. Following his stint in San Antonio, Deynzer moved on to the Missouri River Otters of the UHL before joining the Eagles in 2003-04.
The eighth class will be inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 21, during a luncheon ceremony presented by BFL CANADA at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown, the official host hotel of the 2015 ECHL All-Star Classic.
The ECHL All-Star Fan Fest, presented by Walgreen’s, with player appearances, interactive game, prizes, giveaways, auctions, memorabilia, and a special Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the day’s events include the ECHL Hall of Fame Luncheon and the 2015 CCM / ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Visit Orlando. Select ECHL Skills competitions will be held the same night and will be incorporated into the evening’s events.
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 21 teams in 14 states for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 553 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 12 who have made their NHL debuts in the 2014-15 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 29 of the 30 NHL teams in 2014-15, marking the 18th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.