TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning announced that it has hired Pensacola athletic trainer Jason Serbus (pictured) to be assistant medical trainer and that former Greensboro athletic trainer Adam Rambo has been named Head Medical Trainer for the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
The Lightning also announced that Corey Schwab, who played for Cincinnati of the ECHL as a rookie in 1991-92, has been named associate goaltending coach and scout.
Serbus worked four seasons with the Ice Pilots and was selected in a vote of his peers to be the athletic trainer for the Western Conference at the 2004 ECHL All-Star Game. He was named Florida Professional Sports Trainer of the Year by the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida in 2004 and has worked each of the past two years as the athletic trainer for the United States Under-17 Select Team. The 30-year-old Serbus worked training camp in 2003 for the Lightning, then the NHL affiliate of Pensacola.
“As a result of our previous affiliation relationship with Pensacola, we all got to know and work with Jason Serbus,” said Tampa Bay Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster. “In short order it became apparent to us that he was a perfect fit for our organization. He is a very knowledgeable and dedicated professional with a lot of experience in our sport. We are confident he will enable us to move forward without skipping a beat in this critical area of hockey operations.”
‘I am very blessed to pursue my dream in the NHL. Pensacola has been wonderful for my wife Paula and me,” said Serbus. “We will miss the fans and everyone in the Ice Pilots organization,” said Serbus. “I am extremely honored to be joining a first-class organization in the Tampa Bay Lightning.”Schwab, who appeared in 87 games with the Lightning and 147 total NHL games with New Jersey, Vancouver, Toronto and Tampa Bay, will report to Lightning goaltender coach Jeff Reese and will work with the goaltenders in both Springfield and Johnstown as well as other amateur prospects within the organization.
“In Corey Schwab we are bringing one of our Lightning alumni back home and we are excited about having him work with Reese to learn his philosophy and approach and then teaching and applying that philosophy and approach to our young goaltenders throughout the organization,” said Feaster.
Schwab became the sixth ECHL alumnus to hoist the Stanley Cup in 2003 as a member of the New Jersey Devils. For the fifth consecutive year in 2004, the ECHL was represented on the Stanley Cup Champion with Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy as well as radio announcer Dave Mishkin and assistant equipment manager Dana Heinze. The three players are the most ECHL representatives, surpassing 2001 when David Aebischer and Pratt helped Colorado win the title, and brings the total number of ECHL alumni on the Stanley Cup to nine. Pratt becomes the first ECHL player to have his name engraved twice on the Stanley Cup, earning the honor for the first time in 2001.
In his rookie season in 1991-92, Schwab was 6-0-1 with a goals-against average of 4.13 and a save percentage of .873 in eight ECHL games with Cincinnati and 9-12-1 with a goals-against average of 4.31 and a save percentage of .876 in 24 games with Utica of the AHL.