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Ray Tufts - Head Athletic Trainer
In his 21st season with the San Jose Sharks as head athletic trainer is Ray Tufts, who provides Sharks players with both long-term medical care for serious injuries needing rehabilitation as well as maintaining the Sharks day-to-day medical needs both on the road and at home. In addition, he serves as the liaison between the hockey department and the organization's team of highly-respected medical specialists. Before joining the Sharks, Tufts, 51, was an athletic trainer for ten years with the NFL's 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.
With San Francisco, Tufts was heavily involved with both the day-to-day preventive care for the team and post-injury rehabilitation. He was instrumental in the quick recoveries of several 49ers players from very severe injuries, including tight end Brent Jones, offensive tackle Harris Barton and the extensive rehabilitation of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana between 1988-91.
A native of the San Jose area, Tufts graduated from Cal State-Sacramento in 1987 as a physical education major with an emphasis in athletic training. He received his National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) certification in 1987 and is an active member of the NATA District VIII Association, California Athletic Trainers Association (CATA) and is a past president of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers' Society (PHATS).
Tufts worked his 1,500th National Hockey League game on Feb. 24, 2016 in Colorado and served as head athletic trainer for the U.S. Olympic Team that won the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. He also headed the training staff for the 1997 National Hockey League Western Conference All-Star and the Heroes of Hockey teams during the 1997 NHL All-Star Weekend in San Jose.
Tufts and his wife Michelle have a son, Henry, and reside in Los Gatos, Calif.

Mike Aldrich - Head Equipment Manager
Mike Aldrich enters his 22nd season as equipment manager for the San Jose Sharks. In his 25th 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.
Aldrich served as equipment manager for the U.S. Olympic Team that won the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. He also worked for Team USA at the 2003 and 2005 World Championships, and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
On Mar. 12, 2013 in St. Louis Aldrich worked his 1,500th game. On Nov. 5, 2009 in Detroit, Aldrich worked his milestone 1,000th NHL game, all as a member of the Sharks.
Besides overseeing the entire operation of the equipment staff, Aldrich handles the intricate requests of all Sharks players with regards to equipment, skate sharpening needs as well as all purchasing orders, inventory control and distribution for all equipment throughout the season.
Aldrich, 52, handled all the equipment needs during the 1997 National Hockey League All-Star Game for the Western Conference team as well as the Heroes of Hockey teams.
Before joining Kansas City, Aldrich worked at Michigan Tech University as the school's equipment manager and athletic purchasing agent from 1989-93.
During the 1995-96 season, Aldrich was selected as the Western Conference's equipment manager for the IHL All-Star Game. He's an active member of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM).
Aldrich and his wife, Susie, enjoy their summers water skiing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. They have two sons: Brad and Jason.

Wes Howard - Asst. Athletic Trainer
Fremont native Wes Howard enters his 19th season with the Sharks training staff.
As the assistant athletic trainer, Howard, 47, is responsible for the acquisition of medical supplies and maintaining the day-to-day operation of the training room. Working in tandem with Head Athletic Trainer Ray Tufts, Howard works to coordinate and implement injury prevention and rehabilitation protocols for the athletes.
Howard's' NHL career began with the Sharks prior to the 1998-99 season. He worked his first professional game on Oct. 9, 1998 when the Sharks opened the season in Tokyo, Japan. He worked his milestone 1,000th NHL game on Nov. 17, 2011 – a home victory against the Detroit Red Wings.
In addition to his work with the Sharks, Howard was the assistant athletic trainer/equipment manager for the Arena Football League's San Jose SaberCats from 1995-00. Howard returned to the SaberCats in 2002 during their first Arena Bowl Championship season, and again in 2004-05 during the NHL work stoppage.
Previously, Howard was the assistant athletic trainer at Menlo College from 1997-98 and served dual roles as head athletic trainer and equipment manager for the ECHL's Fresno Falcons from 1995-97.
Howard earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from San Jose State University and is certified by both the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) and National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF). He resides in Gilroy with his wife Diana and their four children: Rebecca, Aaron, Alyssa and Micayla.

Vinny Ferraiuolo - Asst. Equipment Manager
Vinny Ferraiuolo enters his seventh season as assistant equipment manager for the Sharks. Previously, he served as the head equipment manager for the Worcester Sharks, San Jose's former top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.
Working alongside Head Equipment Manager Mike Aldrich, Ferraiuolo handles all necessary equipment restoration, repair and customization of game sweaters, sweater numbering and lettering, as well as keeping inventory of the sweaters.
For the past four summers, Ferraiuolo has served as the equipment manager for the U.S. Under-18 Select team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Now in his 20th season in professional hockey, Ferraiuolo previously worked for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) and the Providence Bruins, including their 1999 Calder Cup Champion team. He was named equipment manager for the 2000 AHL All-Star Game for PlanetUSA and the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic for the Canadian squad.
The Roanoke, VA, native also served as the assistant equipment manager for the New York Islanders and the head equipment manager for the Texas Wildcatters (formerly of the ECHL) and the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).
The 38-year-old worked his 1,000th professional hockey game on Feb. 19, 2010 in Binghamton while with Worcester.

Roy Sneesby - Asst. Equipment Manager
Roy Sneesby enters his 17th season with the San Jose Sharks Equipment Staff.
Roy splits his duties between assisting the Sharks Equipment Staff with day to day equipment needs for players and coaches and the visiting teams. Roy also coordinates the efficient arrival and departure of both the Sharks and visiting teams equipment and supplies.
Roy worked for Easton Sports in the Equipment Repair Center for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics. His duties included sharpening and maintenance of hockey skates to repair of hockey equipment for all teams involved with the Olympic Games.
Roy has an A.S. Degree from the College of San Mateo and also a B.S. degree from San Jose State.
Roy was born in Redwood City, California and has been married to his wife Susan who is from Italy for 10 years.
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