PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL on Thursday announced the equipment managers and trainers for the 2005 Coors Light ECHL All-Star Game. The All-Star equipment managers and trainers were chosen in a vote of their peers in their respective conferences.
Wheeling’s Dave Hanna will be the athletic trainer and San Diego’s Matt Mitchell will be the equipment manager for the National Conference while Greenville’s Mark Burgess will be the athletic trainer and Pensacola’s John Krouse will be the equipment manager for the American Conference. Reading equipment manager Russ Holden and Royals athletic trainer Brian Grogesky were also selected to work the game.
The 2004 ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year, John Krouse is in his sixth season with Pensacola. Born and raised in Rome, N.Y., Krouse began as an assistant equipment manager for his brother Richard with Utica in the Colonial Hockey League and at the age of 19 he became head equipment manager for Winston-Salem in the Southern Hockey League. He was head equipment manager for Peoria of the ECHL for three seasons before joining the Ice Pilots.
Matt Mitchell is in his fifth season as the equipment manager for San Diego. A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Mitchell was the equipment manager for Binghamton of the American Hockey League and New Mexico of the Western Professional Hockey League while also working two seasons as the assistant equipment manager for the New York Rangers.
Dave Hanna is in his sixth season as head athletic trainer for Wheeling. Hanna works for the Nailers through Wheeling Hospital which hired him in its physical therapy/sports medicine department to work for the team. A Wheeling native, Hanna received his master’s degree in athletic training from West Virginia University. He has also worked four seasons as the head athletic trainer for the Wheeling indoor football team as well as being a member of the coaching staff, along with his wife Carrie, for the women’s soccer team at Wheeling Jesuit University.
Greenville’s Mark Burgess is in his 12th season in professional hockey and in addition to working for the Grrrowl has worked for ECHL teams in Baton Rouge, Charlotte and Huntington.
Russ Holden is in his first season with Reading after working for Louisiana of the ECHL in 2003-04. Holden was the equipment manager for Jackson of the ECHL from 1996-2000 and previously worked in the Western Hockey League with Brandon and in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League with Yorkton.
Brian Grogesky is in his fourth season as athletic trainer for the Royals after serving as the trainer for the minor professional soccer Reading Rage. Grogesky received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in psychology from Penn State University and his master’s degree in sports medicine from West Virginia University. He has also served as the head athletic trainer for Penn State University Scranton and the University of Scranton and worked for two years with Berkshire Orthopedics.