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Training and Equipment Staff

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

In that position, he oversees the team's strength and conditioning and medical staff, working alongside head team physician Dr. Peter Asnis and his team of doctors.

Prior to joining the Bruins in May, 2016, he worked with the NFL's Buffalo Bills, Boston University hockey and University of Texas basketball.

Whissel, who earned his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Daemen College, specializes in the integration of training and rehab. He has advanced training in dry needling, spinal manipulation, and several soft tissue techniques, including Graston Technique and Active Release Technique.

He is also a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist.

Don DelNegro is in his 27th season as the team's Head Athletic Trainer. Prior to joining the Bruins, he spent five years at Williams College as the Director of Sports Medicine. 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 was a 2011 inductee into that school's Hall of Fame, and a Master of Science degree in the same field from Indiana State University. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Westfield State University in 2013.

Joe Robinson is in his third season with the Bruins as Assistant Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist. He joined the Bruins from Vanderbilt University, having served as the sports physical therapy resident for the 2016-17 season. Prior to that, he served as physical therapy intern with EXOS in Frisco, Texas, and as an athletic training intern with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs for the 2012-13 season. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, both from Grand Valley State University. He has completed advanced training in dry needling and spinal manipulation. He is also a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Kevin Neeld is in his second season with the Bruins as Head Performance Coach. In that role, he is responsible for implementing the team's strength and conditioning program, and assisting in biometric collection and analysis. He comes to the Bruins after spending the past two seasons as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Jose Sharks. His prior experience includes seven years as the President and Director of Performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in Pitman, NJ, five years as a Strength and Conditioning coach with USA Hockey's Women's National Team, and three years as Strength and Conditioning coach and Manual Therapist for the Philadelphia Flyers junior team. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Behavior Science and Fitness Management from the University of Delaware and a Master's degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Licensed Massage Therapist.

Ken Whittier is in his second season with the Bruins as an Assistant Performance Coach. In that role, he assists in implementing the team's strength and conditioning program while assisting in biometric collection and analysis. He comes to Boston after spending the past five years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Co-Director of Education at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.

Julie Nicoletti is in her fifth season with the Bruins as a Sports Nutritionist. In that role, she provides personalized nutritional education and counseling, helps plan team meals, and advises on nutritional supplementation. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, she is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and Registered Pharmacist.

Keith Robinson is in his 32nd season with the Bruins, his ninth as the team's Head 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.

Jim "Beets" Johnson is in his tenth 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.

Matt Falconer is in his 11th 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.