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KINGS ALUMNI DEMERS ENTERS PHATS HALL OF FAME

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Demers to be enshrined in the PHATS Hall of Fame
LOS ANGELES – Former Los Angeles Kings head athletic trainer Peter Demers, a 37-year veteran of the organization and member of the Kings’ Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society (PHATS) Hall of Fame on June 23, announced Ray Tufts, President of the PHATS’ Executive Committee/head athletic trainer of the San Jose Sharks.

Demers’ enshrinement in the PHATS Hall of Fame will take place during the organization’s 2007 Annual Conference in Phoenix. Kings television broadcaster Bob Miller, the 2000 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, winner will be a featured speaker. A plaque highlighting Demers’ accomplishments as an athletic trainer will be installed on the PHATS/SPHEM (Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers) Recognition Wall housed in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

A fixture with the Kings for almost four decades, Demers first joined the Kings organization in 1969 as the head athletic trainer for the Springfield Kings. He joined the Los Angeles Kings three years later and ended the 2005-06 season having never missed working a Kings’ game, a streak of 2,632 consecutive regular season Kings/NHL contests.

One of the most respected NHL trainers, Demers -- an inaugural member of the Kings Hall of Fame -- is also a longtime member of PHATS and served three terms as president. In 2005-06, Demers served on the PHATS executive board as past president. A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Demers served 10 years as the NHL Trainers/Physicians liaison and has also served on the NHL Injury Committee.

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Demers began his career as an athletic trainer in 1965, beginning a 41-year career that included more than 3,000 games in professional hockey. He began that pro career with the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League (he is also a charter member of the R.I. Reds Heritage Society) while attending Brown University and the University of Rhode Island. Demers later worked for Columbus (IHL) before spending three years with Springfield (AHL), then the Kings’ primary affiliate.

Demers, a true ironman, has also represented his country at several international hockey tournaments. In 1998, he represented his country and Team USA at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. In 1997, he traveled to Helsinki, Finland, with the US Team for the World Championships. In 1996, he served as the trainer for the Team USA squad at the World Cup of Hockey Tournament, where the U.S. finished first, and at the World Championships in Vienna, Austria. He served in the same capacity for Team Canada in the 1986 World Championships in the former Soviet Union and also for the US squad at the 1994 World Championships in Italy. During the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Demers served as a USOC athletic trainer for Men’s Basketball.

In the local community, Demers has been active, including a long involvement with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Minor Hockey Association. Peter and his wife Marilyn reside in Los Angeles and spend their summers in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. They have two children, Aimee and Tom.

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