By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 08/05/2013

The Oklahoma City Barons named Josh Bennett, ATC to the position of Athletic Trainer, Barons General Manager Bill Scott announced today.

The 30-year old Bennett joins the Barons after working with multiple sports at the professional and university levels. Most recently, he spent two seasons as Head Athletic Trainer with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League. Before his time with Muskegon, Bennett worked as the graduate assistant athletic trainer with Winthrop University while completing his Masters degree in Sport and Fitness Administration.

Bennett earned his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from the University of Maine. During his studies, he also worked with the men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, football, baseball and women’s volleyball programs. As he completed his studies at the University of Maine in 2009, he worked as an intern with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

As the Barons athletic trainer, Bennett will provide multiple services including: assessment, documentation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for the athletes before and during the season and work with the physician team for medical and orthopedic issues.

Bennett takes over the role as Head Athletic Trainer from Brandon Dionne who resigned in July to pursue an opportunity in medical sales after six seasons with the Oilers organization.

Hockey season begins in Oklahoma City on Friday, September 27 with the NHL Showcase presented by Mercy when the Edmonton Oilers host the Dallas Stars in an NHL Preseason game. For more information about tickets, call the Barons office at 232-GOAL.

Oklahoma City opens their 38-game home schedule with a weekend set of games October 4 and 5. In addition to the home opener, the Barons are scheduled to play at home November 12, 15 and 16 and December 20 and 21. The Barons annual Education Field Trip Day will be November 12. The remainder of the schedule will be announced later this summer.

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