GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have hired Chris Broadhurst as the team's new head athletic therapist. Broadhurst replaces Gord Hart who recently left the organization to pursue a non-hockey career opportunity.
The 40-year-old Broadhurst joins the Coyotes after working 14 seasons (1989-2005) as the Toronto Maple Leafs head athletic therapist. Broadhurst joined the Maple Leafs in 1990 after several years of healthcare experience in the clinical sector and minor league baseball.
Broadhurst received his start in athletic healthcare in 1986 with the Toronto Blue Jays' class 'A' minor league affiliate in St. Catharines, Ontario. He also worked at two Toronto sports medicine clinics, including the Bobby Orr Sport Medicine Clinic in Toronto from 1988-90 and the Centre for Sport & Recreation Medicine from 1990-91.
Chris represented the Toronto Maple Leafs as an athletic trainer at the 1998 NHL All-Star Game and with the Canadian Men's Hockey Team at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. He also represented Canada at the 1997 World Championships and the 1991 Canada Cup.
A certified member of the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association, Chris is a co-owner of the High Performance Specials Training Centre in Toronto. He also served as the director of the Toronto Myo Kinetics Active Testing Center, which specializes in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.
The Oakville, Ontario native received an undergraduate degree in sports injury management from Sheridan College.