FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: In part five of an exclusive series based on an extensive interview with Los Angeles Kings head athletic trainer emeritus Pete Demers, Frozen Royalty takes a look at the most visible aspect of his job, caring for injured players…and trainers are definitely not immune from injury or illness, either…
Los Angeles Kings head athletic trainer
emeritus Pete Demers, circa 1982.
Photo: Demers Family Collection
LOS ANGELES — For athletic trainers in the National Hockey League
, their most important job is to treat injured players and help them recover from their injuries, and in a 34-year career with the Los Angeles Kings
, retired head athletic trainer Pete Demers
has probably treated more injuries and illnesses than any of his colleagues, past or present, and not just those suffered by players.
To be sure, caring for injured players is the one aspect of the athletic trainer’s duties that is the most visible, and for Demers, it was no different. Like other trainers, he was most noticeable whenever he jumped over the boards and scurried out onto the ice to care for an injured player.
Even before he made it to the NHL, Demers already had experience dealing with serious injuries. Read more of this post