We've known about Jody Green for awhile now -- thanks to a purposely unnamed social media Web site -- but T3I could not reach a unanimous decision as to whether or not we should have posted that information a few weeks ago.
The decision was made not to put that information on the blog, and the Wild organization was not quite ready to release it at that time.
Although these promotions are great for the respective parties, this news pales in comparison to last week's schedule release or even a preseason schedule announcement. We are still hoping to get that soon. The games and dates have already (virtually) been decided, so now we are just waiting for the announcement.
Green is replacing a Houston Aeros staple in Jerry Meins, and I wish him the best of luck filling those shoes. We'll miss Jerry, but Green is certainly an up-and-comer. As for Tretiak, he has a cool last name and come to find out, jokingly, he is not the same goalie from USSR hockey lore.
I wish him well in his new role too.
The following is the news release the Aeros sent out earlier today:
HOUSTON – Houston Aeros General Manager Jim Mill announced today the American Hockey league (AHL) team hired Jody Green as the new Athletic Trainer and Doug Tretiak as the new Equipment Manager.
“We are excited with the new additions to our staff,” Mill said. “Jody and Doug bring the experience and professionalism needed to handle the intensity of the jobs that are key to the success of our team.”
Green, 25 (6/1/84), worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Alabama Crimson Tide Volleyball Team last year while studying for his master’s degree in Arts and Health Studies. The Gulfport , Mississippi native has also worked with the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL as an intern and assistant athletic trainer. Green earned his bachelor of science in Athletic Training at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where he made the Dean's List in 2006 and 2007. He is board certified in athletic training and CPR and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society (PHATS) and the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM).
Tretiak, 42 (4/26/67), comes from the RGV Killer Bees (Central Hockey League) and RGV Dorados (Arenafootball2 League) where he has been equipment manager since 2006 and was recognized as an outstanding equipment manager in 2008-09. The Winnipeg , Manitoba native is approaching the 800 game milestone, working for teams in the Western Professional Hockey League, International Hockey League, AHL and National Hockey League where he started as a visiting team attendant with the Winnipeg Jets in 1987.
Green and Tretiak will begin their new roles with the team immediately.