Athletic therapist Kevin Elliott will work his 1,000th game on Thursday when the Charlottetown Islanders host the Sherbrooke Phoenix.
The team will honour Elliott prior to the 7 p.m. contest at the Eastlink Centre.
“Kevin plays an invaluable, integral role for our team,” head coach and general manager Jim Hulton said. “From co-ordinating travel and communication, to overseeing strength and conditioning plus everything in between, he is the glue that connects our group.”
Elliott’s 1,000 games have come during a 16-season career that spans six different teams.
It started in 2001 with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. The following year he worked with the Mississauga Ice Dogs in the OHL before coming to Prince Edward Island.
In 2003, the Saint John, N.B., native joined the P.E.I. Rocket.
After four years he was hired to work with the Florida Panthers in the NHL.
Elliott returned to the Islander in 2008 and worked with the UPEI Panthers. Since 2009, he has been with the Rocket/Islanders organization as athletic trainer and strength coach.
“Kevin is universally regarded for his expertise in injury prevention and rehabilitation but his greatest attribute is his incredible strength of character,” Hulton said. “Humility, selflessness and compassion define Kevin Elliott. We are truly blessed to have him on our side.”
He has also worked with Hockey Canada.