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John Worley - Head Athletic Trainer
John Worley is in his seventh season as an Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Wild. His responsibilities include managing player rehabilitation and the day-to-day medical needs of Wild players. Prior to joining the Wild, Worley served as Manager of Sports Medicine Services at the Rothman Institute Orthopaedics in Philadelphia, Pa., for five years.
Worley previously spent 16 years with the Philadelphia Flyers, including 10 seasons as Head Athletic Trainer. A native of Ridley Park, Pa., he graduated with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education with certification in Athletic Training from West Chester University in 1980.
Worley is a Certified Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers Association and is registered with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society, and serves as the Assistant Western Conference representative to the Executive Board, as well as a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Worley is also a Minnesota State licensed EMT-B.
He and his wife, Tracey, have two daughters, Taylor and Morgan.

Tony Da Costa - Head Equipment Manager
Tony DaCosta is in his 16th season as Head Equipment Manager for the Minnesota Wild. He oversees all of the club’s equipment needs along with running the team’s home dressing room at Xcel Energy Center.
Prior to joining the Wild, the Winnipeg, Man., native was a part of the Winnipeg/Phoenix Coyotes organization for more than 19 years. DaCosta started working for the Winnipeg Jets as a dressing room attendant and equipment manager for NHL teams visiting the Winnipeg Arena. He was promoted to Assistant Equipment Manager for the 1988-89 season. During that time, DaCosta gained invaluable knowledge and experience that helped him in his role as one of the Coyotes Equipment Managers, a position he held when the Jets moved to Phoenix in 1996.
He also served as Equipment Manager for the NHL All-Star Games in 1998 (Vancouver) and 2004 (Saint Paul) and held the same position with Team Canada at the 2001 World Championship in Germany and the 2009 World Championship in Switzerland.
He and his wife, June, have two daughters, Summer and Rylee.

Chad Krawiec - Athletic Trainer
Chad Krawiec is in his first season as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Wild after being named to the position on Sept. 6, 2016. He is responsible for helping manage player rehabilitation and the day-to-day medical needs of Wild players. Prior to joining the Wild, he spent 11 seasons with the Harvard sports medicine staff coordinating care for men's ice hockey and men's swimming and diving.
He joined the Crimson staff after spending six years as an Athletic Trainer at Northeastern University. During his tenure at Northeastern, he coordinated care for men's and women's hockey, men's and women's track and field hockey. Krawiec also served as a graduate assistant at Penn State, providing care for several sports.
In addition to his athletic training responsibilities, Krawiec was a lecturer and clinical instructor in the Athletic Training curriculum programs at several Boston area universities, and has presented at national and regional conferences on topics in sports medicine.
Krawiec is a Certified Athletic Trainer, and is registered with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. He is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association, the Minnesota Athletic Trainers Association, the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society, and is a licensed Athletic Trainer in Massachusetts.
Krawiec graduated from Boston University in 1997 with a B.S. in Athletic Training and received a M.S. in motor behavior from The Pennsylvania State University in 1999.
He and his wife, Catie, have one child.

Rick Bronwell - Asst. Equipment Manager
Rick Bronwell is in his sixth season as Assistant Equipment Manager with the Minnesota Wild. He is responsible for assisting Minnesota’s equipment needs both at home and on the road, as well as locker room set-up and equipment repair.
Bronwell is a certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association and spent the previous three seasons (2007-10) as Assistant Equipment Manager for the San Jose Sharks. Prior to that post, Bronwell spent five seasons as Head Equipment Manager for the Houston Aeros of the AHL (2002-07). A member of the Aeros 2003 Calder Cup Championship team, Bronwell also served as the Head Equipment Manager for Team Canada at the 2004 AHL All-Star Game. Before joining Houston, he was the Head Equipment Manager in 2001-02 for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies of the ECHL. A native of Kansas City, Mo., Bronwell served as the Assistant Equipment Manager for the Kansas City Blades of the International Hockey League from 1996-2001 and served as a game night assistant on the staff from 1992-96.
He and his wife, Heather, have two daughters, Ashleigh and Addison.

Garett Hoglund - Asst. Equipment Manager

Travis Green - Massage Therapy
Travis Green is in his ninth year with the Minnesota Wild as the team’s Massage Therapist. His primary responsibilities include providing manual therapies to players and staff in order to prevent injuries from occurring and managing the rehabilitative process. In addition to his role as massage therapist, he works closely with the medical staff as an athletic trainer. Prior to serving the Minnesota Wild in a full-time role, Green served as a part-time assistant athletic trainer/massage therapist during the 2007-08 season.
In 2011 Green began working with USA Hockey in a supporting role as a massage therapist and athletic trainer. He served as the Massage Therapist for the IIHF Women’s World Championship in Zurich, Switzerland where they won a third consecutive championship. Since that time he has served as the Athletic Trainer/Massage Therapist for several camps, international tournaments, and games.
Green is a Minnesota native and 1997 graduate of Bethel University with a B.A. in Athletic Training as well as a double minor in Health and Physical Education. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers Association and is registered with the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. He is also a member of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society. In 2005, Green completed his therapeutic bodywork/massage therapy degree from CenterPoint Massage School in Minneapolis. Green is an ART (Active Release Techniques) Provider and was a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association over a span of 10 years.
Green resides in St. Paul and has two daughters, Sidney and Lauren, and a son, Ryan.

Matt Benz - Asst. Equipment Manager/Equipment Transfer
Matt Benz is in his 14th season as Assistant Equipment Manager for the Minnesota Wild. His responsibilities include supporting Minnesota’s equipment needs at home, handling equipment transportation to and from the airport for both the Wild and visiting team, and taking care of the club’s equipment needs for summer development camps and the Traverse City rookie tournament.
Benz assisted multiple teams during the 2004 World Cup of Hockey in Saint Paul, working with Team Russia during their training camp and Team Finland and Slovakia for their games at Xcel Energy Center.
Benz joined the Wild as a game night dressing room attendant in 2000-01 following a career in Sales and Marketing. The Saint Paul native attended Hill-Murray School in Maplewood and graduated from the University of St. Thomas.
He and his wife, Emily, have two daughters, Elena and Lily.
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