The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired Curtis Bell and Patrick Steidle as assistant athletic trainers, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Bell, 49, joins the Penguins organization after previously working in the NHL as a head athletic trainer for the Florida Panthers (2005-08), New Jersey Devils (1999-04) and Tampa Bay Lightning (97-99). Bell was most recently working as the medical director at Human Dynamix in Calgary, Alberta.
The Los Angeles, Calif. native broke into hockey with the Flint Generals of the Colonial Hockey League, winning a Colonial Cup Championship in 1996. Bell has also spent time with the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Bell graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1992 with a degree in kinesiology.
Steidle, 40, joins Pittsburgh after spending the last 14 seasons with the team’s top minor-league affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. Steidle has been the head athletic trainer for WBS since the team’s third game of its inaugural season in 1999.
A native of Moscow, Pa., Steidle has worked with numerous United States Olympic teams throughout his career both domestically and internationally. Steidle has previously helped train the men’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s rugby, wrestling, inline speed skating and BMX supercross teams.
Prior to joining WBS, Steidle worked as an intern for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons of Minor League Baseball’s (MiLB) International League. Steidle graduated from East Stroudsburg University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree.