Saturday, July 27, 2013


Press Release

Oakville Blades Trainer John-Paul (JP) Laciak  was recently named the new Athletic Therapist for the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs and will join the club for the 2013-14 season.

The native of Malton, Ontario is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, as well as Sheridan College, and is a certified Athletic Therapist.  His career in the OJHL began in 2011, when he was hired by then Oakville Blades owner Carlo Coccimiglio and he has spent the past two seasons with the club, while also working this past year for the Blades' Team Doctor, Dr. Ben Fryer, at Dynamic Health and Performance (DHP) in Oakville.  This past season, he was also named the Trainer for the OJHL South Division All-Star Team that competed at the 2012 Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge that took place in Wellington, Ontario.  During his OJHL stint, Laciak was also fortunate to have done some work with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, working alongside their Athletic Therapist Paul Ayotte, where he was able to learn the ins and outs of the professional game, with an eye towards reaching his ultimate goal of the National Hockey League.
"I am excited to join a great organization like Saint John, who won the Memorial Cup just two seasons ago," said Laciak.  "I am lucky to join a staff that includes Coach/GM Mike Kelly, and President Wayne Long has been nothing but welcoming."

Congratulations to JP on the new position and best of luck as he works towards fulfilling his professional aspirations!

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