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Doug Bennett - Head Athletic Trainer
Doug Bennett is in his sixth season as the assistant athletic trainer with the Carolina Hurricanes, working with Peter Friesen in training and rehabilitating Hurricanes players.

Bennett has experience working with both professional and collegiate athletic teams. Prior to joining the Hurricanes full-time, he served in the athletic department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, while also assisting the Hurricanes as an Intern/Gameday Athletic Trainer during the 2009-10 season. Bennett spent one season as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL) in 2004-05 and his training background also includes the National Football League. The Johnstown, PA, native worked at the training camp for the Seattle Seahawks in 2003, and with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006. He also spent one year as the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Penn State University, working with the football program.

Bennett is an active BOC Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) as well as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) as accredited by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. In 2007, he earned his Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bennett earned his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Penn State University in 2004.

Doug and his wife, Shelley, reside in Raleigh.

Skip Cunningham - Head Equipment Manager
An original member of the 1972 New England Whalers, Skip Cunningham enters his 29th season with the organization. Cunningham handles skate sharpening and outfitting the players' equipment needs. In 1989, the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance presented Cunningham with the Good Guy Award for his unselfish dedication to Connecticut Sports. During his 28 seasons, Cunningham put together an impressive consecutive game streak, working 1,412 consecutive games from 1972-1990 before being sidelined with surgery in January of 1990. Cunningham, a graduate of Northeastern University, was the assistant trainer for Team USA at the World Ice Hockey Championships in 1985 and 1989. He also has directed his own hockey school during the off-season for the past 22 years in South Windsor. Cunningham resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has two daughters, Sherri (25) and Sandy (23), and a son, Scott (22).

Bob Gorman - Head Equipment Manager
Bob Gorman is in his 21st year with the franchise as an equipment manager. Gorman first joined the organization's equipment staff in 1976 and worked with the team until the 1981-82 season, when he left the team to pursue other career interests. In his time away from the team, Gorman spent one year with Enterprise Radio and eleven years as a sales representative for the Spear-Newman Company. Gorman returned to the club in 1993 and has served is his current capacity since then. In 2004, Gorman was selected to serve as an equipment manager for the Eastern Conference at the NHL All-Star Game in St. Paul, MN. Bob worked his 1,500th regular season game on March 4, 2010 in a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

In 2002, Gorman, who has been responsible for several successful charitable events in the area benefiting families in need, was recognized by the City of Raleigh's City Council and Mayor Charles Meeker for Outstanding Community Service. Gorman earned a Master's Degree in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy. He attended Central Connecticut State University and completed his B.S. in Business from Charter Oak State College. Bob and his wife Carla reside in Raleigh.

Brian Maddox - Athletic Trainer

Jorge Alves - Asst. Equipment Manager

David Paul - Asst. Equipment Manager
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