ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has extended the contracts for Athletic Trainer Ray Barile, Equipment Manager Bert Godin, Equipment Assistant Ray Halle and Massage Therapist Jeff Wright. In addition, the club has promoted Peoria trainers Mike Hannegan to Assistant Athletic Trainer and Joel Farnsworth as Assistant Equipment Manager for the Blues.
Barile, who begins his 15th with the organization, has also worked in two Olympics (1998 and 2002) with the United States Olympic Committee and USA Hockey as well as the 2006 World Championships in Riga, Latvia. Barile is currently the President of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society, a term he has held since 1991.
Godin, begins his 11th season with the Blues as the Head Equipment Manager and 15th in the NHL. He has represented the Blues in the past three Winter Olympic Games and also worked the 2006 World Hockey Championships in Riga, Latvia for Team USA. He spent his first four NHL seasons with the Detroit Red Wings as their Head Equipment Manager from 1983-86.
Halle has worked four seasons as an equipment assistant with the Blues. He began his career working for the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Hockey League in 1999-2000.
Wright has worked 10 seasons with the Blues as the team’s massage therapist. He also served as Team USA’s massage therapist for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Prior to joining the Blues for the 1999-2000 season, he served as an instructor at several massage therapy schools.
Hannegan worked his ninth season in professional hockey this past season with the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. Prior to Peoria, Hannegan previously spent three seasons with the Las Vegas Wranglers, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames.
Farnsworth has been with the Blues organization as the equipment manager of the Blues’ AHL affiliates in Peoria and Worcester since the 2002-03 season. He has been in hockey nearly 15 years which began in 1996 as the equipment manager of the University of Vermont men’s ice hockey team. He held that position for five seasons then joined the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL as the team’s assistant equipment manager for the 2001-02 campaign. Prior to the 2002-03 season, Farnsworth accepted the role of head equipment manager with the Worcester IceCats, marking the beginning of his current tenure within the Blues system.