Canes add to medical, analytics, communications staffs

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Thursday they have added personnel to their medical, analytics and communications staffs.

The new additions:

Tristan Simmons, Massage Therapist: Simmons has gained experience over the past four seasons with the Ottawa Senators, assisting the team’s massage therapist during training camps. Simmons has also worked for the Ottawa RedBlacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Ottawa Fury of the North American Soccer League (NASL).

Kevin Kan, Data Engineer: Kan is the creator of the, a public hockey database featuring hockey data visualizations. He earned his bachelor of applied science (BASc) and masters of applied science (MASc) in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto, where he studied information systems design and human factors.

Pace Sagester, Manager of Communications and Team Services: Sagester spent the past four seasons as manager of media relations for the Washington Capitals. Prior to joining the Capitals, he spent two years in the communications department for the Hurricanes, first as an intern and then as the team’s media relations coordinator.

Kirsten Brierley, Communications and Hockey Operations Assistant: Brierley moves into a full-time role for the Hurricanes after serving as media relations coordinator in 2016-17. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, she spent one season as media relations assistant for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and gained experience with the NCAA at the 2015 Women’s Final Four and the 2016 Frozen Four.

Bryn-Marc Conaway, Charlotte Checkers Head Athletic Trainer: Conaway was promoted to head athletic trainer for the Hurricanes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate after serving as the team’s strength and conditioning coach in 2016-17.

Ryan Wysocki, Charlotte Checkers Strength and Conditioning Coach: Wysocki has spent the past three years working with professional and collegiate athletes at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning in Massachusetts.