Niagara, ON – The Niagara IceDogs have been busy off the ice, announcing that Stephanie Troscinski has been hired as the team’s new Athletic Therapist. Additionally, General Manager Joey Burke announced expanded roles for both Nick Tamburri and Vince Tarantino.
Stephanie Troscinski brings a plethora of experience to the IceDogs’ Athletic Therapist role, with over 19 years of experience covering 24 different team and individual sports with professional, amateur, Olympic and Special Olympic Athletes.
She’s worked with teams spanning across a number of sports. Some of which include; Halifax Thunderbirds NLL Professional Lacrosse, Hamilton Steelhawks Senior AAA Hockey, Brock University, University of Guelph Hockey, and South Carolina State University Football. Some of her event experience includes the Special Olympics, Canada Winter Games and the Canadian Olympic Wrestling Trials.
General Manager Joey Burke, looks forward to the season with Troscinski, “Stephanie is a great addition to our staff, she brings a great attention to detail, a huge level of knowledge and a great pedigree of experience in the role, spanning many sports and team environments in Niagara. We are lucky to have her on board! Steph fits in great with the staff here and we look forward to an exciting season ahead.”
The club also promoted Vince Tarantino to the position of Director of Player and Prospect Development and Evaluation. He’ll also remain the IceDogs’ Skills Coach and ETA Scout.
“Vince has earned this increase in role and responsibilities,” noted Burke. “He is a tireless worker who has an unbelievable pulse on not only minor hockey, but the OHL as well and knows what it takes so succeed at our level. Vince has been an incredible asset to us since joining and we are thrilled to be able to expand his role. I am confident we will become a better program because of it.”
The IceDogs also announced that Nick Tamburri has taken over as the team’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.
“We are thrilled to have Nick back in an increased role as our Head Strength and Conditioning Coach,” said IceDogs head coach Billy Burke. “Nick quickly earned the trust and respect of the players with his knowledge, passion and work ethic. Nick is a fun guy to be around and always has big energy and enthusiasm in the gym that the players feed off. Nick is a great contributor to our culture here and I’m excited to continue to work with him.”
The IceDogs made an additional announcement via Twitter (@OHLIceDogs), welcoming OHL graduate and former NHL forward Zenon Konopka to the organization in a prospect development role. They also announced that Jackson Slauenwhite would be joining the club as a mental performance coach.
The IceDogs return to the ice for exhibition action on Friday, September 24th in Guelph before returning home to take on the Storm Saturday, September 25th at 7:00pm.