Mark Nemish is entering his 10th season as Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Washington Capitals. Nemish is responsible for the team's overall strength and conditioning programs and plays an important role in the planning and implementation of the offseason conditioning programs of all players in the organization. In addition, he works directly with Capitals athletic trainers Greg Smith and Ben Reisz and team doctors in the rehabilitation of all injured players.
Nemish joined the Capitals during the time he owned and operated Dynamic Sports Performance training center in Ashburn, Va. Prior to moving to Virginia, Nemish spent six seasons as the strength and conditioning coach for the Nashville Predators.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nemish received his Master of Science degree in exercise science from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in 1996.
Nemish, an avid golfer, resides in Round Hill, Va., with his wife Tammy and their two children, Kendall and Kailani.
Greg Smith returns for his 17th season with the Washington Capitals and his 21st season in professional hockey as Head Athletic Trainer. Smith joined Washington in 1999 after spending two seasons as head athletic trainer with the Anaheim Ducks.
Prior to his stint in Anaheim, Smith was the head athletic trainer with the American Hockey League's Baltimore Bandits. Smith has gained international experience in his career, having served as athletic trainer for Team USA at the 1998 and 2004 (bronze medal winning team) World Championship.
A native of Bowie, Md., Smith received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Salisbury State University with a concentration in both special education and athletic training. He went on to earn a master's degree in athletic training (1993) and an associate's of applied science/physical therapy (2005) at California University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his duties with the Capitals, Smith also is the co- founder of Pivot Physical Therapy, a group of physical therapy clinics in the mid-Atlantic states. He began his professional hockey career as an athletic trainer intern with the Capitals during the 1994-95 season.
Ben Reisz enters his 10th season with the Washington Capitals as Assistant Athletic Trainer.
Reisz, 32, joined the Capitals during the 2007-08 season after spending time with Professional Sport Care and Rehab Center as an athletic trainer.
A native of Baltimore, Reisz earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from James Madison University.
Robert Brown is entering his second season with the Capitals as Massage Therapist. Brown is responsible for working with the team's players on improving flexibility and working with and helping to prevent soft-tissue injuries.
Brown built his own successful massage therapy business and has worked in two chiropractor offices and Massage Envy. He specializes in pain management and is also a personal trainer, where he's operated his own business and worked for four years at Sport & Health fitness center in Gainesville, Va.
This offseason, Brown received certifications in Graston Technique, Myoskeletal Alignment and Active Release Techniques.
A Washington, D.C., native, Brown has three children: Taiquia, Robert Jr. and Christopher.
Brock Myles is entering his 11th season as Head Equipment Manager with the Washington Capitals. Myles joined the Capitals after spending eight seasons in the American Hockey League (AHL), where he served as the head equipment manager for both the Portland Pirates (2001-06) and the Louisville Panthers (1999-01). Prior to his stint in the AHL, Myles worked as the head equipment manager for the Port Huron Border Cats and the Detroit Falcons of the United Hockey League (UHL).
Myles received his degree in sports administration from Durham College in Oshawa and Sports Equipment and Business from Humber College in Toronto. Myles, a native of Chesley, Ont., became a United States citizen in July 2013. He resides in Alexandria, Va., with his wife Shannon, and their two children. Myles enjoys golf and traveling and is a member of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM).
Craig Leydig enters his 28th season with the Washington Capitals as Assistant Equipment Manager.
During his tenure with the Capitals, Leydig received numerous professional honors. Leydig oversaw the locker room operations in the 2009 NCAA Frozen Four Tournament in Washington, D.C. and represented the team in the 1999 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa Bay, Florida. Leydig joined the Capitals from the New York Islanders, where he served one season as the assistant athletic trainer.
A native of Washington, D.C., Leydig, who is certified in Advanced First Aid and CPR, attended Prince George's Community College in Maryland. He has three children: Cameron, Luke and Brooke.
Dave Marin returns for his ninth year with the Washington Capitals and sxith season as the Equipment Assistant.
Marin splits his duties between assisting the Capitals equipment staff with the day-to-day equipment and locker room maintenance, and serving as the visiting dressing room manager. A native of Alexandria, Va., Marin manages the visiting team equipment upon arrival and assists the visiting team's equipment manager with all of his needs while in town.
Prior to joining the Capitals, Marin spent two years as assistant equipment manager with the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL. He and his wife, Rachel, reside in Arlington, Va.
Ray Straccia is entering his third season with the Capitals and second season as Locker Room Assistant.
Straccia assists in maintaining the Kettler Capitals Iceplex and Verizon Center locker room facilities as well as player equipment. He also assists in visiting team equipment transportation. A native of Allentown, Pa., Straccia graduated from the University of Scranton and received his Master of Professional Studies in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.