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Damien Hess - Head Athletic Trainer
Damien Hess joined the New York Islanders as head athletic trainer for the 2014-15 season. He spent ten years (2004-14) as head athletic trainer of the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). While in Hartford, he oversaw all aspects of medical care for prospects in the New York Rangers organization. He was honored by the Rangers organization for working his 1000th pro game on April 9, 2014. Prior to his tenure in Hartford, he was the head athletic trainer for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies for three years (2001-04), winning an ECHL Kelly Cup title in 2003. While in Atlantic City, he was also head athletic trainer for an independent minor league baseball team from 2000-04.

Damien earned a B.S. in Athletic Training from West Chester University in 1998 and a M.Ed. in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia in 1999. He worked as an athletic training intern for the NFL’s New York Giants in the summer of 1997. Following his graduate studies, he served one year as an athletic training fellow at the US Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. While in Lake Placid, he worked with all athletes training at the OTC. He traveled with the US Youth National Volleyball team and US Short Track Speed Skating team to international events. He was also a member of the medical staff for the 2000 Winter Goodwill Games.

Damien is originally from York, PA. He is married to Storey, and they have a son, Alex. In the summer, he enjoys golf, swimming, and watching his son play soccer.

Scott Boggs - Head Equipment Manager
Scott Boggs enters his ninth season as the Head Equipment Manager of the New York Islanders. He came to the Islanders from the Chicago Blackhawks, where he spent the 2005-06 season as an Assistant Equipment Manager. From 2000 to 2005, Boggs served as the Equipment Manager for the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). He also served in that capacity for the Hampton Roads Admirals during their last two years in the ECHL, from 1998-2000. Prior to joining that organization, Boggs worked for the Thunder Bay Thunder Cats (United Hockey League) and the Calgary Hitmen (Western Hockey League).

A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Boggs is a member of the society of Professional Equipment Managers.

Zachary Yannes - Asst. Athletic Trainer / Strength Coach

Jody Green - Asst. Athletic Trainer

Richard Krouse - Asst. Equipment Manager
Richard "Shakey" Krouse enters his 10th season with the New York Islanders as the team's Assistant Equipment Manager. Prior to joining the Islanders, Krouse served as the Head Equipment Manager of the Utah Grizzlies (American Hockey League) from 2001-02 to 2004-05. Before joining Utah, Krouse spent time with the Las Vegas Thunder (International Hockey League), Jacksonville Lizard Kings (ECHL) and Houston Aeros (AHL) as the Head Equipment Manager.

A native of Utica, NY, Krouse was on the equipment staff for the 1994-95 Calder Cup Champion Albany River Rats.

Kevin Putzig - Asst. Equipment Manager/Equipment Transfer
Kevin Putzig enters his first season with the New York Islanders as the team’s Equipment Assistant. He spent the last two seasons as the Head Equipment Manager of the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League.
Putzig had previously worked with the Islanders’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, joining the equipment staff in a full-time roll in 2011-12 after serving for three years as the visiting locker room attendant.
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