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Tom Mulligan - Head Athletic Trainer
Entering his 14th year with the Lightning as head athletic trainer, TOM MULLIGAN oversees each aspect of the organization’s medical and training operations.

Prior to joining the Lightning organization, Mulligan spent four seasons as the head athletic trainer and physical therapist for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. While with the Bruins, Mulligan's responsibilities included all traditional athletic training duties as well as massages and strength and conditioning of all players. He also served as the head athletic trainer for Team USA during the 2008 and 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Canada and Sweden/Finland, respectively. Mulligan also served as an athletic trainer on the staff of the Team USA Men’s Ice Hockey Team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Mulligan is a 1997 graduate of Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy with a minor in Biology. While at Quinnipiac he served as a student athletic trainer for the men's ice hockey team for three seasons and also provided services to all other sports programs at the school.

A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Mulligan and his wife, Kellie, reside in Tampa, with their sons, Tyler and Zach, and their daughter, Abigail.

Ray Thill - Head Equipment Manager
In his 16th year with the Lightning, equipment manager RAY THILL is responsible for all equipment maintenance, inventory and ordering.

Prior to joining the Lightning, Thill served as the equipment manager for the Detroit Vipers of the IHL for one season. Thill also spent four seasons on the equipment staff of the Chicago Wolves of the IHL, winning the Turner Cup Championship with the Wolves in 1997-98. He also served as the equipment manager for Team USA at the 2008, 2009 and 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Canada, Switzerland and Finland/Sweden respec¬tively. Thill was also selected to participate in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa. Thill most recently served on the staff of the Team USA Men’s Ice Hockey Team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

A native of Chicago, Thill and his wife, Leighann, reside in Tampa.

Mike Poirier - Asst. Athletic Trainer
MIKE POIRIER is in his seventh season as assistant athletic trainer for the Lightning. He will assist Tom Mulligan with all medical and training operations.

A native of Smithfield, Rhode Island, Poirier joined the Lightning after serving as head athletic trainer for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League from 2002-08. He joined the Bruins after spending the previous year as an athletic trainer with the National Football League’s New England Patriots as they won Super Bowl XXXVI.

Poirier, 37, graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 1999. He earned his M.S. in sports administration from Mississippi State University in 2001 and also is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Poirier, who was a graduate assistant trainer with the MSU football team from 1999-01, also worked at the Patriots’ training camps from 1996-2001.

Poirier resides in Valrico with his wife Mandy and their daughters, Emmie and Elle.

Jason Berger - Asst. Equipment Manager

Rob Kennedy - Asst. Equipment Manager
ROB KENNEDY enters his eighth season as assistant equipment manager with the Lightning in 2014-15.

Prior to joining Tampa Bay, Kennedy spent two seasons with the Florida Panthers organization after two years as the head equipment manager for the AHL’s Cleveland Barons. Before joining the Barons he served as head equipment manager of the Muskegon Fury for three years, where he earned a Colonial Cup Championship in 2002. Kennedy also won the IHL’s Turner Cup with the Chicago Wolves in 2000. He was a member of the equipment staff for the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa. Kennedy also served as an equipment assistant for Team USA at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland/Sweden.

He and his wife, Heather, have a son, Quinn, and daughter, Allison.
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