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Kent Kobelka - Head Athletic Trainer
Kent Kobelka is entering his fifth season with the Calgary Flames and first as the team’s Head Therapist. He has spent the past four seasons as the rehabilitation physiotherapist for the Flames.
He also acted as the medical coordinator for Hockey Canada for the past five years and was a consultant for the Canadian Sports Institute for three years where he treated Olympic athletes from several different winter sports.
Kobelka graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BSc. in Physical Therapy. He worked with the University of BC Thunderbirds Hockey Club for three seasons. He then went on to work with the Canadian Alpine ski team where he was the medical coordinator for Alpine Canada. He has been to three Olympic Winter Games, one with Alpine Skiing in Torino in 2006 and two with Canada’s Men’s hockey team where he a was a part of the staff that won gold in Vancouver in 2010 and in Sochi in 2014. He has worked with Canada’s National Men’s hockey team over the past decade and has been a therapist of several championship teams, winning gold medals with Canada’s Men’s World Championship team in Moscow in 2007 and at the IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic (2008) and in Toronto/Montreal (2015). Kobelka was also the therapist at the Spengler Cup when Canada won the tournament in 2012.

A native of Revelstoke, British Columbia, Kent currently resides in Calgary with his wife, Wendy and their two children, Christopher and Charley.

Mark Depasquale - Head Equipment Manager
Equipment Manager Mark Depasquale enters his fifth season with the Calgary Flames training staff and his twentieth NHL season. He was a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization from 1989-1996/2001-2006 and serving as the Assistant Equipment Manager. Mark moved to Arizona in 1996 to spearhead the Jeremy Roenick Foundation that raised money for multiple charities in the greater Phoenix area. Mark also served as an Assistant Equipment Manager for the Chicago Wolves (IHL) for the 2000-2001 season. Mark has worked the 1991 and 2008 NHL All-Star games as well as the 2001 IHL All-Star Game. He represented Easton Hockey and the Gold Medal winning Men's Canadian Olympic Hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games In Vancouver, B.C. Mark is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Mark and his wife Kelly have twins Maddox and Mia.

Corey Osmak - Asst. Equipment Manager
Corey Osmak comes to the Calgary Flames after spending the past four years as the Assistant Equipment Manager with the Los Angeles Kings. Prior to that, he spent five years as the Head Equipment Manager of the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League and farm team of the Vancouver Canucks. He got started in the business with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League for two seasons before moving to Winnipeg. Corey and his fiancée Tami plan on getting married in the summer of 2011.

Michael Gudmundson - Asst. Athletic Therapist
Gudmundson is in his first season with the Flames after spending the last ten seasons in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders including the last three as the team’s Head Athletic Therapist. He was a part of the medical team when the Stamps won the Grey Cup in 2008 and 2014. Gudmundson’s career as an athletic therapist began with the University of Manitoba Bisons football team while he was earning his Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science degree, where he made the Dean’s Honour List. He also has an Education degree from the University of Calgary.
Gudmundson is a certified athletic therapist in the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association as well as a certified first responder. He has worked with numerous sports organizations including the Calgary Canucks Junior ‘A’ hockey team, Team Alberta at the Canada Winter Games, and Team Canada at the 2013 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.
He also spends time as a supervisor for the U of C and Mount Royal University athletic therapy programs where he supervises and assists students as they pursue careers in Athletic Therapy.
He is a native of Arborg, Manitoba and now lives in Cochrane with his wife Nadine and their yellow lab, Kenzie.
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