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Dave DiNapoli - Head Athletic Trainer
Dave DiNapoli enters his third season as Head Athletic Trainer of the Florida Panthers. Prior to coming to Florida, DiNapoli spent the previous seventeen years at Yale University. As Head Athletic Trainer for the bulldogs, Dinapoli was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the sports medicine program. During his tenure at Yale, he has worked with the football, men's and women's ice hockey and basketball programs.

DiNapoli was also an adjunct faculty member of Quinnipiac University, where he taught an advanced practicum class specializing in manual therapy, functional biomechanical assessment and corrective exercise rehabilitation.

Prior to Yale, he completed an internship with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. Following completion of his internship, he worked for five years in CT Orthopedics Specialists physical therapy department as well as providing per diem coverage for the American Hockey League's Beast of New Haven.

Dinapoli is a 1994 graduate of Keene State College and is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and Traumatic Brain Injury Project's - Big Ten/CIC-Ivy League TBI Research Collaboration Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

A manual clinician by trade, he is trained in Positional Trigger Point Release, Mulligan and joint mobilization, Muscle Energy Techniques for cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacroiliac dysfunction, myofascial release and Functional Movement Screening.

He and his wife, Kelly, have a daughter, Julia, and a son, Tyler.

Teddy Richards - Head Equipment Manager
Teddy Richards is in his second season as Head equipment manager with the Panthers following three seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and 11 seasons with that team's top minor-league affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL). Richards, 34, spent seven years as the head equipment manager for WBS after four years as an assistant.

During his time in WBS, the team made three Calder Cup Final appearances. Richards worked his 1,000th professional game against the Chicago Blackhawks on January 21st 2015.

Richards was able to win the Stanley Cup with the Penguins, shortly thereafter taking the Head Equipment manager position with the Panthers. Richards and his wife, Sue, have two children, Teddy (12) and Ellie (9), and reside in Parkland.

Thomas Alva - Asst. Athletic Trainer
Tommy Alva enters his eighth season as the Florida Panthers assistant athletic trainer.

Prior to joining the Panthers Alva spent three seasons as the Atlanta Thrashers head athletic trainer. In this role, he was responsible for the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of player injuries and assisted with the overall medical and training programs of the organization. Alva served as the head athletic trainer for the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League during the 2007-08 season and spent the previous four years as assistant athletic trainer for the Dallas Stars from 2003-04 to 2006-07.

Prior to his role with the Stars, he spent one season as the head athletic trainer for the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe in 2000 and worked as the head athletic trainer for the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer for four seasons from 1996-2000.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Alva earned his Bachelors and Masters from Henderson State University in Arkansas. He and his wife, Stephanie, have a son, Kaleb.

Thomas Anderson - Asst. Equipment Manager
Thomas Anderson enters his third season with the Panthers following four-year stint as an Assistant Equipment Manager with the Rochester Americans (AHL), the primary affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres (NHL).

Prior to Rochester, Anderson, 26, was a part of the Texas Stars (AHL) for the 2011-12 season and spent the 2012-13 slate with his hometown Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL, a position he held for parts of seven different seasons.

In addition to his time with the Gladiators, Anderson also worked as an Assistant Equipment Manager with the Charlotte Checkers (ECHL) as well as one season as the Equipment Manager for the Arena Football League's Georgia Force.

Brian Godin - Asst. Equipment Manager
Godin enters his fourth season as Assistant Equipment Manager for the Florida Panthers.

The native of North Yarmouth, ME was previously the Equipment Manager for Panthers' AHL affiliate, Portland Pirates after serving a year as Florida's Equipment Assistant.
Prior to that, Godin served as the Equipment Manager for the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays during the 2013-14 season.

A graduate of Arizona State University, Godin began his career in hockey with the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes, where he served as Visiting Locker Room Attendant and Manager of the Coyotes' Pro Shop at team's practice facility in Scottsdale.

Dakota King - Asst. Equipment Manager
King enters his 5th season with the Florida Panthers as Assistant Equipment Manager. Prior to coming to Florida, King spent eight seasons as a locker room assistant before being named and serving two seasons as the Head Equipment Manager for the Gwinnett Gladiators of the East Coast Hockey League, now known as Atlanta Gladiators. In 2014, he was awarded the Equipment Manager of the year award. King, 26, worked five seasons with the Gwinnett Braves of the Minor League Baseball, including two seasons as the Assistant Clubhouse Manager. In 2012, King served as the Head Equipment Manager of the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League.
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