SHREWSBURY, N.J. – The ECHL announced that, in recognition of their efforts during the
pandemic, head athletic trainers from all 14 participating Teams during the 2020-21 Season have
been selected as the winners of the ECHL Athletic Trainer of the Year award presented by Fairly
Group.

The ECHL is pleased to recognize the athletic training staffs from all 14 Member Teams. Each
of the athletic trainers helped to ensure teams are following the ECHL Return to Play protocol
during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“On behalf of the ECHL, we would like to thank and recognize each of the Member Teams’
Athletic Trainers for their hard work and dedication,” said ECHL Senior Vice President of
Hockey Operations Joe Ernst. “We asked each of these individuals to go above and beyond this
year with all of the testing, PPE and administrative aspects of our protocols on top of what each
does daily to make sure their teams were ready to play. We would also like to thank the Fairly
Group for helping honor and always being there to assist our Athletic Trainers when needed.”

Team Athletic Trainer
Allen Americans Jordan Dutton
Florida Everblades Dylan Dewey
Fort Wayne Komets Matt Willett
Greenville Swamp Rabbits Adam Campbell
Indy Fuel George Bullock, Jr.
Jacksonville Icemen Scott McLay
Kansas City Mavericks Nick Potter
Orlando Solar Bears Mike Degaetano
Rapid City Rush Cody Lindhorst
South Carolina Stingrays Max Finley
Tulsa Oilers Steve Lintern

Utah Grizzlies Collin Lee
Wheeling Nailers Daniel Barker
Wichita Thunder Josh Elmer

ECHL Athletic Trainer of the Year
2020-21 ECHL Athletic Trainers
2019-20 George Bullock, Indy Fuel
2018-19 Nick Potter, Kansas City Mavericks
2017-18 Matt Aiello, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
2016-17 Cole Libby, Utah Grizzlies
2015-16 Scott McLay, Alaska Aces
2014-15 Brad Fredrick, Toledo Walleye
2013-14 Steve Ruhmel, Florida Everblades
2012-13 Bob Case, Cincinnati Cyclones
2011-12 Mike Schroeder, Chicago Express
2010-11 Kevin Anderson, Stockton Thunder
2009-10 Bobby Walls, Ontario Reign
2008-09 Bryan Rodgers, Dayton Bombers
2007-08 Brian Grogesky, Reading Royals
About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast
league with 26 teams in 19 states and two Canadian provinces for its 33rd season in 2020-21.
There have been 698 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after
starting their careers in the ECHL, including 20 who have made their NHL debuts in the 2020-21
season. The ECHL has affiliations with 25 of the 31 NHL teams in 2020-21, marking the 24th
consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further
information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Twitter and
Facebook.

About Fairly Group
The Fairly Group is a risk consulting firm advising clients throughout the United States and in
over 100 countries in several business segments including corporate risk, human capital and
benefits, and a broad array of risk consulting specialties. We are committed to finding ways to
help our clients mitigate and manage risk while always challenging the paradigms that impede
our mission.