Mike Burnstein enters his 19th year as Head Athletic Trainer with the Vancouver Canucks. Burnstein reached a significant milestone last season, celebrating his 1500th NHL game worked on March 18, 2013. Prior to joining the Canucks, Burnstein was Head Athletic Trainer for two seasons with Vancouver’s AHL affiliates (Hamilton Canucks & Syracuse Crunch). Burnstein entered the field of Athletic Therapy as a youth, gaining experience working with the OHL’s Hamilton Steelhawks and assisting at the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups. Burnstein has worked with Team Canada on several occasions, most recently at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver where he helped Canada win gold. Burnstein has also worked for Team Canada at the 2005, 1999 and 1998 World Hockey Championships. A graduate of Sheridan College, Burnstein is an Executive Board Member of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society, a certified member of the National Athletic Therapist Association. Mike lives in White Rock, BC, with his wife Nicole and children, Abbey and Lukas.
Jon Sanderson enters his 14th year with the Vancouver Canucks Medical Staff. His previous experience includes working for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. In 2006, Sanderson was a member of the Team Canada medical staff at the Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Sanderson graduated from Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, and the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver. He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association, Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society and a Registered Massage Therapist. Jon lives in Port Coquitlam, BC, with his wife Catherine, daughter Kate, son Cooper and dog Jessie.
Dave Zarn begins his fourth year with the Vancouver Canucks Medical Staff after three seasons as Head Athletic Therapist & Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Victoria Salmon Kings formerly of the East Coast Hockey League. Zarn worked in the same capacity with the Okanagan Hockey School/Hockey Academy for three years prior to joining the Salmon Kings. A University of Manitoba graduate, Zarn is a certified member of the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association with Corrective Exercise Specialist training from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Dave lives in Vancouver, BC, with his wife Jaime and daughter Tayana.
Pat O’Neill joined the Vancouver Canucks in 1988 and enters his 25th season with the hockey club. Prior to joining the Canucks, O’Neill spent eight seasons as Equipment Manager with the Winnipeg Jets. At the international level, O’Neill has worked with Team Canada several times, most recently at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, where he helped Canada win gold. O'Neill also worked for Team Canada at the 2004 and 1990 World Championships in addition to the 1996 World Cup. O'Neill has worked in two NHL All-Star Games; 1988 and 1992. On February 14, 2008, O'Neill celebrated a significant career milestone, working his 2,000th NHL game at home versus the Minnesota Wild. O’Neill became the first recipient of the Larry Ashley Award on July 4, 1996, which honours the trainer or equipment manager who best exemplifies the character and commitment to excellence exemplified by Ashley throughout his career. O’Neill is an Executive Board Member of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM). He has two daughters: Brooklyn (14) and Faith (12).
Jamie Hendricks enters his 14th season with the Vancouver Canucks. Initially working as a Dressing Room Attendant, Hendricks was promoted to Equipment Assistant in 2001 and in 2005 moved to his current role as Assistant Equipment Manager. Hendricks experienced the game from the unique perspective of a player when at a Canucks SuperSkills competition, held before a sold out crowd, he played in goal opposite Alex Auld. Hendricks is currently a member of SPHEM.
Brian “Red” Hamilton has been a member of the Vancouver Canucks training staff for 10 years and enters his eight season as Equipment Assistant. Prior to joining the Canucks, Red worked 13 seasons with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League from 1989 to 2001. His tenure with the Lions included two Grey Cup Championships in 1994 and 2000. A member of SPHEM, Red lives in Cloverdale, BC, with his wife Corine and daughter Ashley.