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Rich Stinziano - Head Athletic Trainer
Rich Stinziano is entering his third season as head athletic trainer after joining the Sabres in July 2016. Before joining the Sabres, Stinziano spent ten seasons with the New Jersey Devils, including eight as the team's head trainer. Among his prior experience, Stinziano was a physical therapist/athletic trainer for six years with the University at Buffalo and spent six seasons as athletic trainer for the Wheatfield Blades Jr. B hockey team.

Stinziano attended the University at Buffalo and received doctorate degree in physical therapy and Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science/athletic training. While in school, he provided coverage for the school's football, basketball, wrestling and volleyball teams for three seasons.

A licensed physical therapist and certified athletic trainer, Stinziano is a member and a certified examiner for the National Athletic Trainer Association. A native of Syracuse, New York, Stinziano currently lives in Lancaster, NY.

David Williams - Head Equipment Manager
David Williams returns for his seventh season with the Sabres as an Equipment Manager. Among many other duties, Williams is responsible for the purchase and inventory of all team equipment and uniforms, as well as equipment needs during each game and skate sharpening.

Williams graduated from Plattsburgh State, where he was a Student Manager with the university’s hockey team from 1992-1995. After graduation, Williams became the Head Equipment Manager for the Knoxville Cherokees/Pee Dee Pride in the East Coast Hockey League. Before joining the Sabres, Williams was the Head Equipment Manager for the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League from 1998-2005.

Williams resides in North Chili, NY with his wife, Tammy, and children Maxwell (8) and Marni (6).

Robert Simonick - Equipment Manager
Robert "Rip" Simonick is entering his 41st season with the organization as Buffalo’s Equipment Manager. Simonick, the longest tenured equipment manager in the National Hockey League, continues to assist with player equipment needs and requests at home and on the road.

Simonick’s roots in professional hockey begin before the Sabres ever dropped their first puck. Simonick began as a stick boy with the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League in 1964. After the team captured their 1969 Calder Cup in their last year of existence, Simonick was hired by then newly appointed Sabres General Manager Punch Imlach to join the new team’s equipment staff. On Jan. 15, 2009, Simonick worked his 3,000th NHL game when the team played the Dallas Stars. Rip has also worked three NHL All-Star games (1974, 1989 and 2005). Among his favorite moments are the 1975 and 1999 Stanley Cup Finals.

Michael Adesso - Asst. Athletic Trainer

George K Babcock - Asst. Equipment Manager
George Babcock is entering his 19th season with the Sabres. As the assistant equipment manager, his duties include handling equipment issues and repairs, arranging transportation for the visiting teams, locker room setup and preparing the day-to-day supplies needed by the team at both HSBC Arena and the Northtown Center. Before joining the Sabres, Babcock assisted the team at their practice facility, Sabreland. Babcock is a graduate of Starpoint High School. He resides in Williamsville, NY.

Benjamin Laing - Asst. Equipment Manager
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