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Graham Rynbend - Head Athletic Trainer
Graham Rynbend is entering his 14th season as Head Athletic Therapist with the Montreal Canadiens after being assistant athletic therapist with the club from 1997 to 2000. Prior to officially joining the team, he spent three years honing his professional skills working as a volunteer at all Canadiens home games. Graham Rynbend graduated from Concordia University in 1991 with a Bachelor in Science, specialization in Athletic Therapy. After becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist in 1994, he earned a certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Prior to working for the Canadiens, the 46-year old Rynbend spent two seasons as a member of the medical staff with the Montreal Machine of the World League of American Football. Before working with professional sports teams, he had five years of private practice at the Concordia Sports Medicine Centre. Graham is a member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) and the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society (PHATS), where he is chair of the Electronic Medical Reports subcommittee responsible for the development and advancement of a customized software program that has revolutionized medical file management in pro sports. Graham received the CATA’s Merit Award in 2000 in recognition of his outstanding emergency service in dealing with Brian Savage’s neck fracture in a game in Los Angeles on November 20, 1999. He participated in his 1,000th NHL regular season game on March 22, 2011. Born in Pointe-Claire, Graham Rynbend was raised in Dorval.

Pierre Gervais - Head Equipment Manager
Pierre Gervais enters his 18th season as Head Equipment Manager for the Canadiens, his 28th season with the organization. He joined the team as Assistant Equipment Manager in 1987-88, following five seasons with the AHL’s Sherbrooke Canadiens (1982 to 1987), and five more in the QMJHL with Trois-Rivières and Sherbrooke. Gervais was a member of the Stanley Cup Champions Canadiens in 1993, and the Calder Cup Champions Sherbrooke Canadiens in 1985. He also participated at the Memorial Cup Tournament in 1978, 1979 and 1981. A member of the Society of Professional Equipment Managers’ Board, he was honoured by the Association of Sports Equipment Managers for his 2,000-NHL-game milestone in 2007-08. In February 2010, he served as one of the Equipment Managers with gold-medal winning Team Canada at the Olympic Games in Vancouver, his third Olympics, after Salt Lake City in 2002 (gold) and Turin in 2006. Gervais was also a member of Team Canada’s gold-medal squad at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and worked with the team at the 2005 World Hockey Championship in Austria (silver medal). Gervais served on the committee of the Society of Professionel Equipment Managers from 2005 to 2011. He was born in Trois-Rivières, Québec, on October 20, 1961.

Patrick Langlois - Asst. Equipment Manager
Patrick Langlois has been a member of the Canadiens organization since the 1987-88 season and starts his fifth season in the NHL as Assistant to the Equipment Manager. He worked in the American Hockey League as Assistant to the Equipment Manager for the Canadiens' affiliate clubs in Sherbrooke (1987-89) and Fredericton (1990-91), before becoming Equipment Manager in Fredericton (1991-99), Quebec City (1999-02) and Hamilton (2002-06). Langlois also worked at the 1996-97 AHL All-Star Classic and the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal. Patrick Langlois was born in Sherbrooke on January 17, 1972.

Donald Balmforth - Physical Therapist

Matthew Romano - Asst. Athletic Therapist
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