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Chris Stewart - Head Athletic Trainer
Chris Stewart enters his eighth 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, was part of two Stanley Cup winning teams (2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins; 2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes). 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. Prior to joining Lowell, Stewart worked as athletic trainer from 1996-2004 for the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL. The 42-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 eighth 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., joined the Lightning in the 2000-01 season after serving as head equipment manager for the defunct International Hockey League (IHL) Detroit Vipers. The 46-year-old manager is a two-time Stanley Cup winner (2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins; 2003-04 Tampa Bay Lightning). Last season, Heinze worked his 1,600th professional game at Tampa Bay on April 11, 2013. He supervises and assists with all duties related to player equipment. 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 second 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.

John Ihrig - Asst. Equipment Manager

Danny Kroll - Asst. Equipment Manager
Danny Kroll enters his eighth season as a full-time member of the Penguins' equipment staff. Prior to joining the staff full-time, Kroll spent three seasons as the team's stick boy. Kroll, who worked his 500th NHL game on April 20, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, was working the dressing room in Detroit when he celebrated his greatest career highlight – winning the Stanley Cup in 2008-09. Prior to joining the Penguins' staff, he spent parts of six seasons as a bat boy and clubhouse attendant for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 30-year-old Pittsburgh native oversees and assists the visitors' locker room during all home games. Kroll graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 with a degree in media communications. He currently resides in Pittsburgh.

Jon Taglianetti - Asst. Equipment Manager
Jon Taglianetti enters his first full-time season as an assistant equipment manger with the Penguins following 10 years as a part-time equipment assistant and as a stickboy. The 23-year-old Taglianetti was a member of the Penguins’ equipment staff when the team won the Stanley Cup in 2009. 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, who is also now a full-time member of the Penguins organization. Taglianetti’s father, Peter, was a defenseman on Pittsburgh’s back-to-back Stanley Cup championship teams in 1991 and ’92.

Brett Hart - Locker Room Assistant
Brett Hart is in his eighth season as a locker room assistant on the Penguins equipment staff and in his 13th 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. 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 second season as an assistant athletic trainer with the Penguins after working as the medical director at Human Dynamix in Calgary, Alberta. Bell, 50, 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.
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