(Adam Gavriel contributed to the writing of this story)
On a racing team there is of course the driver and then he or she answers to the pit boss for their instruction, but the most critical person to any of their success is the head mechanic that builds the car and keeps it running.
Hockey is not all that different.
A hockey team is, of course comprised of players and a coach, but for ANY team, the backbone of that organization is the team Athletic Trainer.
In the NHL, the New York Rangers have one who is recognized among the best in the business in Jim Ramsey. In the AHL, the Connecticut Whale has an Athletic Trainer who is also recognized to be among the best in the business. His name is Damien Hess.