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Chris Stewart - Head Athletic Trainer
Chris Stewart enters his 13th season as head athletic trainer for the Penguins after serving one season as the associate athletic trainer with the Carolina Hurricanes. Stewart, a Johnstown, Pa. native, has been a part of four Stanley Cup winning teams – three times with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2008-09; 2015-16 and ‘16-17) and once with the Carolina Hurricanes (2005-06). Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Chris spent one season (2004-05) as athletic trainer for Carolina’s former American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate the Lowell Lock Monsters. Before joining Lowell, Stewart worked as athletic trainer from 1996-2004 for the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL. In September of 2015, Stewart had the honor of having the training room at Johnstown’s War Memorial Arena named after him during the Kraft Hockeyville USA celebration. The 46-year-old graduated with a sports and physical education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and earned his masters’ degree from IUP in 1996. Chris and his wife Kimberly have three children, Christian, Rylie and Addison and reside in Canonsburg, Pa.

Dana Heinze - Head Equipment Manager
Dana Heinze is in the midst of his 13th season as the Penguins head equipment manager after spending six years as assistant equipment manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Heinze, a native of Johnstown, Pa., is a four-time Stanley Cup champion – three times with Pittsburgh (2009; 2016-17) and once with Tampa Bay (2004). Heinze, who turns 50 on Nov. 28, 2017, enjoyed the greatest season of his professional career in 2015-16. That year, in addition to winning a Stanley Cup with the Penguins, he was honored by his hometown of Johnstown, which named the locker room at his local hockey rink, the War Memorial Arena, after him during the Kraft Hockeyville USA preseason game. Later that winter, Heinze had the honor of working the NHL All-Star Game for the Eastern Conference in Nashville. Heinze took his entire equipment staff to work the All-Star festivities alongside him. Heinze, who supervises and assists with all duties related to player equipment, will work his 2,000th professional game on March 1, 2018 in Boston. Heinze joined the Lightning in the 2000-01 season after serving as head equipment manager for the defunct International Hockey League (IHL) Detroit Vipers. Heinze served as the head trainer for his hometown Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL) on two separate occasions (1988-92; 1995-98). He also spent one season as equipment manager for the New Jersey Devils in 1992-93 under former Penguins’ head coach Herb Brooks. Heinze attended Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY. He and his wife Kathy reside in Pittsburgh.

Patrick Steidle - Asst. Athletic Trainer
Patrick Steidle is in his third season as an assistant athletic trainer with the Penguins following 14 seasons with Pittsburgh’s top minor-league affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Steidle had been with WBS since the team’s third game of its inaugural season in 1999. During his career with WBS, the team made three Calder Cup Final appearances. Steidle, 40, has also worked with numerous United States Olympic teams throughout his career both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining WBS, Steidle worked as an intern for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons of Minor League Baseball’s (MiLB) International League. Steidle graduated from East Stroudsburg University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He and his wife, Michele, live in Pittsburgh.

Paul DeFazio - Asst. Equipment Manager
Paul DeFazio is in his 13th season with the Penguins and 10th as a full-time member of the equipment staff. This is Paul's seventh season serving as assistant equipment manager after spending three seasons as a part-time member of the Penguins' equipment staff. DeFazio was a member of the 2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins team that won the Stanley Cup. Prior to joining the equipment staff, Paul played several years of competitive hockey, including two years of junior. From 1996-2005, DeFazio spent his summers teaching hockey lessons and instructing hockey camps. Paul is a current resident of Southpointe, Pa.

Danny Kroll - Asst. Equipment Manager
Danny Kroll enters his 13th season as a full-time member of the Penguins’ equipment staff. Prior to joining the staff full-time, Kroll spent three seasons as a game night stick boy and locker room attendant. Kroll, who worked his 500th NHL game on April 20, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, has been a member of three Penguins Stanley Cup Championship teams – 2009, 2016 and 2017. Prior to his start with the Penguins, he spent parts of seven seasons as a bat boy and clubhouse attendant for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He worked the 2006 MLB All-Star Game in Pittsburgh as well as the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville. The 34-year-old Pittsburgh native oversees and assists the visitor’s and official’s dressing rooms during all Penguins home games. Kroll graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 with a degree in media communications. He currently resides in South Fayette with his wife, Kaitlin.

Jon Taglianetti - Asst. Equipment Manager
Jon Taglianetti enters his sixth full-time season as an assistant equipment manager with the Penguins following 10 years as a part-time equipment assistant and as a stickboy. The 27-year-old Taglianetti has been a part of three Stanley Cup championship teams with the Penguins – 2009, 2016 and ‘17. His father, Peter, was a defenseman on Pittsburgh’s back-to-back Stanley Cup championship teams in 1991 and ‘92. Now, both have their names enshrined on the Stanley Cup after Jon had his added following the back-to-back championships in ‘16 and ‘17. Back in 2016, Taglianetti worked his first NHL All-Star Game in Nashville with his fellow Pens equipment staffers. Before joining the Penguins, Taglianetti played two seasons of Division I college football at the University of Pittsburgh where he played alongside his brother, Andrew.

Brett Hart - Locker Room Assistant
Brett Hart is in his 13th season as a locker room assistant on the Penguins equipment staff and in his 17th season as a full-time member of the organization. Hart, was working the Penguins locker room when the team captured its third Stanley Cup championship in 2009. Since then, he has added back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2015-16 and ‘16-17. His father, Jack Hart, was the long-time equipment manager for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the team’s dynasty of four Super Bowl championships in six seasons in the 1970s. Prior to joining the Penguins organization, Hart attended the University of Pittsburgh and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). He and his wife, Wendy, have two sons, Connor and Sean, and reside in Pittsburgh.

Curtis Bell - Director of Sports Performance
Curtis Bell is in his seventh season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, his first as the club’s director of sports performance. He was an assistant athletic trainer his first five years. Bell won Stanley Cup championships with the Penguins in 2015-16 and ‘16-17. Bell, 54, previously worked in the NHL as a head athletic trainer for the Florida Panthers (2005-08), New Jersey Devils (1999-2004) and Tampa Bay Lightning (97-99). A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Bell broke into hockey with the Flint Generals of the Colonial League, winning a Colonial Cup championship in 1996. He also spent time with the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL). Bell graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1992 with a degree in kinesiology. He also has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College.
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