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Training and Equipment Staff


Director of Sports Performance and Rehab


Paul Whissel is in his first full season as the club's Director of Sports Performance and Rehab.

In that position, he oversees the strength training, medical and rehab staff while working alongside head team physician Dr. Peter Asnis and his medical team.

He joined the Bruins in May, 2016 after working with the NFL's Buffalo Bills, Boston University hockey and the University of Texas basketball teams.

Whissel, who earned his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Daemen College, specializes in integrating a continuum of care starting with physical therapy through strength and conditioning.


He is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, PSA Certified Pilates Teacher and ARC Emergency Medical Responder.




Director of Health, Fitness and Wellness


John Whitesides is in his 16th season as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Bruins.

In that position, he is responsible for designing and implementing the strength, flexibility, conditioning and testing programs for all players within the Bruins' system - the NHL team, their AHL affiliate team and prospects that have not yet turned pro. He also designed a website accessible only to current players by which they receive their off-season conditioning programs. In addition, he assists in player rehabilitation after both off- and on-ice injuries.

He came to the Bruins following four years as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for Boston College, where he worked with 17 of their sports teams, but primarily with the men's hockey and football and women's basketball teams. He was with the Eagles in 2001 when they won the NCAA men's national hockey championship.

Whitesides began his career as a teaching assistant for Dr. Stephen Butterfield in the Adapted Physical Education classes, where his duties included evaluating students working with special needs children. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Maine where he taught classes in Theories of Conditioning and Kinesiology, while responsible for the Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics Laboratories. Soon after, he became a Graduate Apprentice to Boston College's Head Coach of Strength and Conditioning, Greg Finnegan.

He is a double graduate of the University of Maine, earning his Bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education in 1995 and his Master's degree in Exercise Physiology in 1997. He was also a member of the Varsity Football Team.

Whitesides and his wife Virginia are the parents of twins, son John and daughter Jane.





Athletic Trainer


Don DelNegro is in his 24th season as the team's Athletic Trainer. Prior to joining the Bruins, he served for five years as the Director of Sports Medicine at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. He has also served as the head athletic trainer for the U.S. Olympic Bobsled and Luge teams at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France; for Team USA at the 2000, 2005 and 2007 World Hockey Championships and as head trainer for the U.S. men's hockey team at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Westfield State University, where he is a 2011 inductee into that school's Hall of Fame, a Master of Science degree in the same field from Indiana State University and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Westfield State University in Spring, 2013.

DelNegro and his wife Claire have a daughter, Renee.




Assistant Athletic Trainer


Garvey most recently served as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Providence Bruins in 2015-16. Prior to joining the Bruins organization, he worked as Assistant Athletic Trainer at the College of the Holy Cross from 2013-15, where he worked primarily with the football and men's ice hockey program in addition to providing support for a number of other varsity sports. Garvey served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the University of Massachusetts in 2012-13, where he worked with the football and softball teams and also managed travel responsibilities for student assistants and travel equipment for the football team.

Garvey earned his Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from Springfield College in 2011 and his Master's degree in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts in 2014.




Head Physical Therapist


Jordan most recently served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist for the New England Patriots, where he was responsible for performing rehabilitative treatments on players while ensuring their overall health and safety. He was promoted to that position in 2014, following an internship with the team. While pursuing his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, Jordan gained experience serving as head athletic trainer for Innovation Academy Charter School, University of Massachusetts Lowell club sports and the Boston Blades professional women's hockey team. 

Jordan received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Merrimack College in 2011 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2014. In his role with the Bruins he will travel with the team for all road trips.




Sports Nutritionist


Julie Nicoletti is in her second season with the Bruins as a sports nutritionist. She is the founder of Kinetic Fuel, is a nationally recognized Certified Sports Nutritionist and Registered Pharmacist (B.S., R.Ph.) who specializes in coaching athletes to achieve their highest potential both on and off the ice. She provides personalized one-on-one nutritional education and counseling to athletes, enabling them to optimize peak athletic performance while minimizing the risk of injury.

She is serving as a consultant to the Bruins organization.




Equipment Manager


Keith Robinson is in his 29th season with the Bruins, his seventh as the team's Equipment Manager. He began with the team in 1988-89 as a locker room assistant for five seasons before spending the next 17 seasons as an assistant equipment manager for the club. A native of Tewksbury, MA, he graduated from Tewksbury High School in 1987.

Keith and his wife Stephanie have two sons, Kolton and Ty.




Assistant Equipment Manager


Jim "Beets" Johnson is in his seventh season with the Bruins as an Assistant Equipment Manager. He came to the Bruins after working for nine seasons in the same capacity with the New York Rangers. That followed two seasons as the head equipment manager for the West Coast Hockey League's Idaho Steelheads. The Minnesota native played four years of college hockey at St. Scholastica College in Duluth, Minnesota and later served for one season as an assistant coach of that team.

He has a son, Parker.




Assistant Equipment Manager


Matt Falconer is in his eighth season with the team as an Assistant Equipment Manager, but he has been involved with the organization in several capacities since 2003. He began as a locker room assistant while still in high school, helping the equipment staff at home games. He became an intern in the hockey operations department in 2006 while working toward his Sports Management degree at Newbury College and he was hired as a hockey operations assistant in 2007. He earned his degree in May, 2009 and moved into his current position in August, 2009.

The native of Waltham, MA is single.