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Michael Gapski - Head Athletic Trainer
Mike Gapski is in his 29th year with the Chicago Blackhawks. A Chicago native, Gapski fulfilled a lifelong dream of working for his hometown NHL team when he earned the Blackhawks Head Athletic Trainer position in 1987. On Nov. 23, 2013, Gapski worked his 2,000th NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks.

A graduate of Chicago’s St. Rita High School, Gapski attended Daley Junior College before receiving an undergraduate degree in physical education with honors from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1982. He stayed at UIC for five years, serving as assistant athletic trainer for three years and head trainer for the final two years. While at UIC he provided athletic healthcare coverage for all of the Flames sports teams, and in 2011 UIC awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award. Gapski was honored to serve as athletic trainer for the 1991 and 2003 NHL All-Star Games and for Team Canada at the 1991 Canada Cup.
Gapski, who was inducted into the St. Rita High School Hall of Fame in April 2015, is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. His hobbies include cooking and gardening. Gapski and his wife, Lynne, have four children, Michael, Steven, Gillian and Ryan, and reside in the south suburbs.

Troy Parchman - Head Equipment Manager
Troy Parchman is in his 21st year with the Chicago Blackhawks after joining the organization in 1994. A native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Parchman has more than 30 years of equipment management experience. He served as Equipment Manager for the University of Saskatchewan football and hockey teams from 1982 to 1988 while earning undergraduate degrees in physical education and sociology.
From 1988 to 1994, Parchman served as Equipment Manager for the Canadian national hockey team, where he worked consecutive World Championships from 1991 to 1994.

Parchman has received numerous professional honors, including being selected to provide equipment management services for Team Canada at the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games, as well as the 2003 NHL All-Star Game and 2004 World Championship.

He and his wife, Whitney, have a son, Evan, and reside in the suburbs.

Jeff Thomas - Asst. Athletic Trainer
Jeff Thomas is in his 13th season with the Chicago Blackhawks as Assistant Athletic Trainer after joining the organization in 2003. He previously served as Intern–Assistant Athletic Trainer with the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks during the 2002-03 season.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Thomas began his career as a summer athletic training intern with the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. In the 1999-2000 season, Thomas also served as seasonal athletic training intern for the Chicago Bears.

Thomas holds degrees from Oregon State University and Syracuse University.

James Heintzelman - Asst. Equipment Manager
Jim Heintzelman is in his second season as Assistant Equipment Manager and his seventh season overall with the Blackhawks.

Before joining the Blackhawks, Heintzelman spent two seasons as the head equipment manager with the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford. He arrived in Rockford after spending 10 seasons with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Dj Kogut - Asst. Equipment Manager
D.J. Kogut is in his second season as Blackhawks Equipment Assistant after being named to the position in January 2015.

Before joining the Wolves, Kogut served as the Rockford IceHogs’ Assistant Equipment Manager for the 2013-14 season. The Bartlett, Ill., native acted in the same capacity during the 2012-13 season with the Peoria Rivermen. Kogut also worked with the Wolves as the visiting locker room attendant from 2003 to 2011.

D.J.’s father, Craig, has been the Wolves’ Head Equipment Manager since the team’s inception in 1994.
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