‘Canes announce Hockey Operations additions and Promotions

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New personnel hired for medical, analytics and communications staffs

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has added the following personnel to its medical, analytics and communications staffs.

Tristan Simmons – Massage Therapist: Simmons has gained experience over the past four seasons with the Ottawa Senators, assisting the team’s massage therapist during training camps. In addition to the Senators, Simmons has also worked for the Ottawa RedBlacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Ottawa Fury of the North American Soccer League (NASL). Simmons is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, which he attended on a football scholarship.

Kevin Kan – Data Engineer: Kan is the creator of the datarink.com, a public hockey database featuring hockey data visualizations. He earned his Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) and Masters of Applied Science (MASc) in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto, where he studied information systems design and human factors.

Pace Sagester – Manager of Communications and Team Services: Sagester spent the last four seasons serving as manager of media relations for the Washington Capitals. Prior to joining the Capitals, he spent two years in the communications department for the Hurricanes, first as an intern and then as the team’s media relations coordinator. A native of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Sagester is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism.

Kirsten Brierley – Communications and Hockey Operations Assistant: Brierley moves into a full-time role for the Hurricanes after serving as media relations coordinator in 2016-17. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, she spent one season as media relations assistant for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and gained experience with the NCAA at the 2015 Women’s Final Four and the 2016 Frozen Four. A Long Island native, Brierley is a graduate of the University of Tampa, where she played lacrosse.

Bryn-Marc Conaway – Charlotte Checkers Head Athletic Trainer: Conaway was promoted to head athletic trainer for the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, after serving as the team’s strength and conditioning coach in 2016-17. The Asheboro, NC, native worked for the Checkers in a part-time role starting in 2012, and also gained experience working with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams. Conaway earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science, as well as his master’s in athletic training, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ryan Wysocki – Charlotte Checkers Strength and Conditioning Coach: Wysocki has spent the past three years working with professional and collegiate athletes at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning in Massachusetts. Wysocki is a graduate of Fitchburg State University, where he played division three hockey as a goaltender.

The Carolina Hurricanes open their 20th anniversary season on Saturday, Oct. 7, against the Minnesota Wild at PNC Arena (7 p.m.). For information about Hurricanes ticket packages, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com/tickets, or call 1-866-NHL-CANES (1-866-645-2263).

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