Gary Roberts has joined the Seattle Kraken as sports science and performance consultant, one of seven hires the NHL expansion team announced Wednesday.
The former NHL forward runs Gary Roberts High Performance Training in Aurora, Ontario, and has taught nutrition and fitness to many NHL players, including forwards Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Roberts “will ensure the Kraken Training Center and team infrastructure have the proper equipment and systems in place” when Seattle enters the League in 2021-22, according to a news release.
“Today marks another milestone for the Seattle Kraken as we bring on core components of the hockey operations staff who will help shape our team as we get ready to welcome players in 2021,” said general manager Ron Francis, who played with Roberts for the Carolina Hurricanes from 1998-2000 and the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2003-04.
“Each individual brings years of experience and a desire to make us a great hockey franchise. We’re thrilled they are joining us on this journey.”
Michael Booi joins the Kraken as head athletic trainer, Nate Brookreson as head strength and conditioning coach, Jeff Camelio as head equipment manager and Tim Ohashi as head video analyst.
Booi and Ohashi come from the Washington Capitals, for whom Booi was assistant athletic trainer and Ohashi head video analyst. Booi will work with the medical staff to implement injury prevention, maintenance and recovery programs and oversee the athletic training staff. Ohashi will use video to provide insight into Kraken players and opponents.
Brookreson, originally from the Puget Sound region, was assistant athletic director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports at North Carolina State. He will oversee the strength and conditioning staff and the fitness programming for players.
Camelio was assistant equipment manager for the Nashville Predators for 15 years. He will manage the equipment staff and oversee purchasing and maintenance of all Kraken equipment.
The Kraken also continued their focus on analytics by hiring Eric Mathiasen as hockey operations developer and John Mavroudis as hockey operations data engineer.
Mathiasen was a senior technical designer at Microsoft. Mavroudis was a technical program manager in data engineering at HelloSign, a Dropbox company.
“Eric and John are pivotal to our research and development team as we support the hockey operations department,” Kraken director of hockey strategy and research Alexandra Mandrycky said. “Their combined backgrounds bring a wealth of experience to the organization as we continue to innovate.”