The Seattle Kraken are well on their way to building their hockey operations department, hiring Gary Roberts and several others to join general manager Ron Francis in the fine art of setting this monster out to sea.
“Today marks another milestone for the Kraken as we bring on core components of the hockey operations staff,” said Francis in a statement. “Each individual brings years of experience and a desire to make us a great hockey franchise.”
Roberts will serve as the club’s sports science and performance consultant.
The Kraken also announced the hiring of “Michael Booi as head athletic trainer, Nate Brookreson as head strength and conditioning coach, Jeff Camelio as head equipment manager, Eric Mathiasen as a hockey operations developer, John Mavroudis as a hockey operations data engineer, and Tim Ohashi as head video analyst.”
Roberts will be in charge of establishing the systems and equipment for the Kraken Training Center. He currently heads the Gary Roberts Performance Centre in Toronto, which endeavours to “help athletes achieve high performance and longevity in sport and life through an integrated program of advanced training techniques, holistic nutrition, and recovery strategies.”
Roberts played in 1,224 NHL games and scored 438 goals to go with 472 assists. He was notorious for aiding in the training of fellow players during off-seasons, a commitment to fitness he developed after Calgary head coach Bob Johnson singled him out in training camp for a lack of dedication.
Booi and Ohashi helped the Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup in 2018. Booi served as assistant athletic trainer in Washington. He was previously a member of the Arizona Coyotes staff. Ohashi was the video analyst for the Capitals and worked as a coaching staff intern.
Brookreson has plenty of experience working with athletes at all levels, including Olympic and college athletes.
Camelio was formerly the assistant equipment manager for the Nashville Predators and the Seattle gig will be his first in the driver’s seat.
Mathiasen and Mavroudis join an analytics department headed by Alexandra Mandrycky, director of hockey administration for the Kraken.
Seattle is set to join the NHL for the 2021-2022 season at the Climate Pledge Arena. The next step, presumably, is to introduce their scouting staff.