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Mike Gapski

Head Athletic Trainer

Mike Gapski is in his 31st year with the Chicago Blackhawks. A Chicago native, Gapski fulfilled a lifelong dream of working for his hometown NHL team when he earned the Blackhawks Head Athletic Trainer position in 1987. On Nov. 23, 2013, Gapski worked his 2,000th NHL game.

A graduate of Chicago's St. Rita High School, Gapski attended Daley Junior College before receiving an undergraduate degree in physical education with honors from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1982. He stayed at UIC for five years, serving as assistant athletic trainer for three years and head trainer for the final two years. While at UIC he provided athletic healthcare coverage for all of the Flames sports teams, and in 2011 UIC awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award. Gapski was honored to serve as athletic trainer for the 1991 and 2003 NHL All-Star Games and for Team Canada at the 1991 Canada Cup.

Gapski, who was inducted into the St. Rita High School Hall of Fame in April 2015, is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. His hobbies include cooking and gardening. Gapski and his wife, Lynne, have four children: Michael, Steven, Gillian and Ryan.

Troy Parchman

Head Equipment Manager

Troy Parchman is in his 23rd year with the Chicago Blackhawks after joining the organization in 1994. A native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Parchman has more than 32 years of equipment management experience. He served as Equipment Manager for the University of Saskatchewan football and hockey teams from 1982-88 while earning undergraduate degrees in physical education and sociology.

From 1988-94, Parchman served as Equipment Manager for the Canadian national hockey team, where he worked consecutive World Championships from 1991-94.

Parchman was selected to provide equipment management services for the Canadian hockey squad at the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics, as well as the 2003 NHL All-Star Game and 2004 World Championship. He most recently served on the equipment staff for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

He and his wife, Whitney, have a son, Evan, and reside in the suburbs.

Michael A. Terry, M.D.

Head Team Physician, Orthopaedics

Dr. Michael Terry is in his 12th season as the Head Team Physician for the Chicago Blackhawks. He became the first head team physician in the NHL to travel with the team for all games during preseason and the regular season, and has done so since the 2009-10 season. Dr. Terry and his staff are responsible for all team injuries and return-to-play decisions. He also coordinates the other health care for team and organization when needed.

Dr. Terry also serves as team physician for Northwestern University's varsity athletes and was recently named The Snorf Family Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he specializes in Sports Medicine. He teaches residents and students at Northwestern, performs research there and serves as Program Director for the sports medicine fellowship.

Dr. Terry grew up in the Northwest suburbs and attended Wheeling High School before graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Illinois; he then graduated from The University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine prior to completing his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Cornell University's Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Terry then completed his fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at The Steadman-Hawkins clinic in Vail, Colo., before returning to Chicago to begin his career. His practice focus is orthopedic problems treated via arthroscopy as well as complex knee and shoulder surgery.

When not at the hospital or with the team, Dr. Terry enjoys golf and spending time with his wife, Lynne, and their children. He enjoys being on the sideline of soccer, basketball and football games of his children: William, Allison and Thomas.

Pawel Prylinski

Massage Therapist

Pawel Prylinski is in his 26th season with the Blackhawks. A native of Kalisz, Poland, he earned his Master's Degree at the Academy of Physical Education in Poznan, Poland, majoring in education while minoring in coaching and therapeutic massage. Prylinski then moved to Chicago and earned his professional certification at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy.

Prylinski joined the Blackhawks in 1991 and became only the fourth such therapist on an NHL club. Prior to joining the Blackhawks, he was a massage therapist at a Chicago health club and also had a successful private practice.

Prylinski and his two children, Gabriela and Ryan, reside in the western suburbs.

Jeff Thomas

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Jeff Thomas is in his 15th season with the Chicago Blackhawks as Assistant Athletic Trainer after joining the organization in 2003. He previously served as Intern-Assistant Athletic Trainer with the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks during the 2002-03 season.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Thomas began his career as a summer athletic training intern with the National Football League's San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. In the 1999-2000 season, Thomas also served as seasonal athletic training intern for the Chicago Bears.

Thomas holds degrees from Oregon State University and Syracuse University.

Jim Heintzelman

Assistant Equipment Manager

Jim Heintzelman is in his fourth season as Assistant Equipment Manager and his ninth season overall with the Blackhawks. Before joining the Blackhawks, Heintzelman spent two seasons as the head equipment manager with the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford. He arrived in Rockford after spending 10 seasons with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

D.J. Kogut

Equipment Assistant

D.J. Kogut is in his fourth season as Blackhawks Equipment Assistant. Before joining the organization in January 2015, Kogut spent the first half of the 2014-15 season with the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves. He previously served as the Rockford IceHogs' Assistant Equipment Manager for the 2013-14 season. The Bartlett, Ill., native acted in the same capacity during the 2012-13 season with the Peoria Rivermen. Kogut also worked with the Wolves as the visiting locker room attendant from 2003-11. D.J.'s father, Craig, has been the Wolves' Head Equipment Manager since the team's inception in 1994.

Jeff Uyeno

Equipment Assistant

Jeff Uyeno is in his 21st season with the Chicago Blackhawks equipment staff and fourth as Equipment Manager. Before joining the Blackhawks, Uyeno worked as Equipment Manager for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team from 2002-04. He also worked as the Head Coach for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Blackhawks Sled Hockey Team from 2001-06. Uyeno and his wife, Jill, reside in Glenview and have a daughter, Jordan.