San Jose Sharks Head Athletic Trainer Ray Tufts and Equipment Manager Mike Aldrich were named to the support staff for the 2010 U.S. Men’s Ice Hockey Team that will compete in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.
Tufts has completed 13 years as head athletic trainer with the Sharks and headed the training staff for the 1997 Western Conference All-Star Team. Before joining the Sharks, Tufts, 43, was an athletic trainer for 10 years with the San Francisco 49ers. During his tenure with the 49ers, he was a part of three Super Bowl Championships in 1988, 1989 and 1994, serving as assistant trainer from 1991-96 and as a training staff assistant from 1987-90.
Aldrich enters his 14th season as equipment manager for the San Jose Sharks. In his 17th season with the organization, Aldrich served in the same capacity for the International Hockey League’s Kansas City Blades for the three seasons (1993-95) that the Blades were the Sharks top development affiliate. He served as equipment manager for the U.S. Men's National Team during the 2003 and 2005 IIHF Men's World Championships and the World Cup of Hockey in 2004.
Aldrich will be joined on the staff by his son Brad, who will serve as the video coordinator for the team. Brad is currently the video coordinator for the Chicago Blackhawks and formerly assisted the Sharks coaching staff with video analysis and breakdown during the 2005-06 season.