The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced the hiring of hockey department staff, including medical and equipment staff members, a director of team services and a video coordinator, it was announced Thursday by General Manager Ray Shero.
Chris Stewart enters his first season as the Penguins head athletic trainer, after serving as the associate athletic trainer for the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes during the 2005-06 season. Stewart, a native of Johnstown, PA, joined the Hurricanes after spending one season as the athletic trainer for Carolina’s AHL affiliate at the time, the Lowell Lock Monsters. Prior to joining Lowell, Stewart worked as the athletic trainer for the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL. Stewart graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and earned his masters degree from IUP in 1996.
Scott Adams enters his first season as the Penguins assistant athletic trainer. Prior to joining the Penguins, Adams was the head athletic trainer for the Johnstown Chiefs of the East Coast Hockey League for one season and served one season as the head athletic trainer for the Windsor Spitfires. Adams, a Windsor, Ontario native graduated with a bachelors degree in Kinesiology from the University of Windsor and earned a masters degree in athletic training from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Mark Mortland returns for his 12th season as a member of the Penguins training staff after being named the team’s physical therapist. Mortland attended Lock Haven University, earning a degree in physical therapy and attended the University of Maryland for his degree in physical therapy. He is a licensed physical therapist and certified athletic trainer.
Dana Heinze enters his first season as the Penguins head equipment manager, after spending the last six years as an assistant equipment manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Heinze, a native of Johnstown, PA, joined the Lightning for the 2000-01 season after serving as the equipment manager for the IHL’s Detroit Vipers the prior season and was a member of the 2003-04 team in Tampa Bay that won the Stanley Cup. Heinze served as head trainer for the ECHL’s Johnstown Chiefs on two occasions (1988-92, 1995-98). Heinze also served as the equipment manager for the New Jersey Devils in 1992-93. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY.
Paul DeFazio enters his 10th season with the Penguins and sixth as a full-time equipment staff member and begins his second season as assistant equipment manager. In addition to his responsibilities with the Penguins, DeFazio has worked the visiting team dressing room for the last seven seasons. Prior to joining the Penguins, DeFazio played several years of competitive hockey. During the off-season, the Peters Township native teaches hockey and skating lessons and instructs at area hockey camps.
Frank Buonomo enters his first season with the Penguins as the director of team services. Prior to joining the Penguins, Buonomo served as the general manager for the Missouri River Otters of the United Hockey League, overseeing all aspects of the franchise’s operations. Buonomo also has extensive experience in the National Hockey League. He began his career in hockey as a communications assistant with the New York Rangers from 1994-98. In 1998, Buonomo joined the Nashville Predators as manager of media relations and a year later served in the dual role of director of team services and media relations. After three seasons with the Predators, Buonomo served as director of communications for the St. Louis Blues for three seasons. Buonomo graduated from Rutgers University with a communications degree in 1995.
Travis Ramsay begins his first season as the team’s video coordinator. His responsibilities will include breaking down pre-scout and game film and will work closely with the coaching staff on other projects and video analyses. A native of Buffalo, NY, Travis played competitive hockey while attending Buffalo State College and also played at the Tier II Junior level in Peterborough, ON. His father, Craig Ramsay, is an associate coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
PENGUINS ANNOUNCE DATES FOR ROOKIE CAMP, TRAINING CAMP
The Pittsburgh Penguins will hold a rookie camp for young prospects from Sept. 7-12 at Mellon Arena. Prospects will report for physicals, meetings and testing on Sept. 7 and then be on the ice from Sept. 8-12. The sessions on Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 10 will be open to the public.
The Penguins will open training camp on Thursday, Sept. 14 with physicals, meetings and testing at Mellon Arena. The players will then be on the ice Sept. 15-17 at Mellon Arena, with all three days open to the public. The Penguins will leave for Moncton, N.B. on the afternoon of Sept. 17 and open their preseason schedule Sept. 19 against the Ottawa Senators in Halifax, N.S.
More details, including rosters and specific practice times, will be provided shortly before the start of both camps.
PRE-SEASON TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Tickets for the Penguins two pre-season games at Mellon Arena are now on sale. The Penguins host the Washington Capitals on Friday, Sept. 22 and the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, Sept. 29. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m.
For ticket information, please call 412-642-PENS, 1-800-642-PENS or log onto www.pittsburghpenguins.com.