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!
(Nathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)