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John Whitesides | Strength & Conditioning Coach
John Whitesides is in his 13th season as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Bruins. In that position, he is responsible for designing and implementing the strength, flexibility, conditioning and testing programs for all players within the Bruins' system - the NHL team, their AHL affiliate team and prospects that have not yet turned pro. He also designed a website accessible only to current players by which they receive their off-season conditioning programs. In addition, he assists in player rehabilitation after both off- and on-ice injuries. He came to the Bruins following four years as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for Boston College, where he worked with 17 of their sports teams, but primarily with the men's hockey and football and women's basketball teams. He was with the Eagles in 2001 when they won the NCAA men's national hockey championship. Whitesides began his career as a teaching assistant for Dr. Stephen Butterfield in the Adapted Physical Education classes, where his duties included evaluating students working with special needs children. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Maine where he taught classes in Theories of Conditioning and Kinesiology, while responsible for the Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics Laboratories. Soon after, he became a Graduate Apprentice to Boston College's Head Coach of Strength and Conditioning, Greg Finnegan. He is a double graduate of the University of Maine, earning his Bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education in 1995 and his Master's degree in Exercise Physiology in 1997. He was also a member of the Varsity Football Team. Whitesides and his wife Virginia are the parents of twins, son John and daughter Jane.

Don DelNegro | Athletic Trainer
Don DelNegro is in his 21st season as the team's Athletic Trainer. Prior to joining the Bruins, he served for five years as the Director of Sports Medicine at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. He has also served as the head athletic trainer for the U.S. Olympic Bobsled and Luge teams at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France; for Team USA at the 2000, 2005 and 2007 World Hockey Championships and as head trainer for the U.S. men's hockey team at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Westfield State University, where he is a 2011 inductee into that school's Hall of Fame, a Master of Science degree in the same field from Indiana State University and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Westfield State University in Spring, 2013. DelNegro and his wife Claire have a daughter, Renee.

Scott Waugh | Physical Therapist
Scott Waugh is in his 16th season as the team's Physical Therapist, a position he also held with the club during the 1992-93 season. A 1990 graduate of the University of Lowell with a degree in Physical Therapy/Athletic Training, he has previously worked for Boston College athletics, with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and the 1991 USA Hockey Olympic training camp. In addition to his duties with the Bruins, he is also presently the Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Boston Red Sox, Clinical Director of Rehabilitation for Mass General Hospital Sports Medicine and is co-owner of Sports and Physical Therapy Associates with 15 centers located around the Greater Boston area. Scott and his wife Kim have three children, daughter Caitlin and sons Andrew and Matthew.

Derek Repucci | Assistant Athletic Trainer and Massage Therapist
Derek Repucci is in his eighth season with the team as the Assistant Athletic Trainer and Massage Therapist. He is a double graduate of Springfield College, holding a Bachelor's degree in athletic training and a Master's degree in exercise science and sports studies. He was certified in massage therapy by the New Hampshire Institute of Therapeutic Arts. Prior to joining the Bruins, he served as assistant athletic trainer and massage therapist at Duke University, where he also owned and operated an on-campus massage clinic in conjunction with the campus health center and the department of athletics. He has also worked for minor league teams in both baseball and hockey. Repucci is married to wife Leigh.

Keith Robinson | Equipment Manager
Keith Robinson is in his 26th season with the Bruins, his fourth as the team's Equipment Manager. He began with the team in 1988-89 as a locker room assistant for five seasons before spending the next 17 seasons as an assistant equipment manager for the club. A native of Tewksbury, MA, he graduated from Tewksbury High School in 1987. Keith and his wife Stephanie have two sons, Kolton and Ty.

Jim "Beets" Johnson | Assistant Equipment Manager
Jim "Beets" Johnson is in his fourth season with the Bruins as an Assistant Equipment Manager. He came to the Bruins after working for nine seasons in the same capacity with the New York Rangers. That followed two seasons as the head equipment manager for the West Coast Hockey League's Idaho Steelheads. The Minnesota native played four years of college hockey at St. Scholastica College in Duluth, Minnesota and later served for one season as an assistant coach of that team. He has a son, Parker.

Matt Falconer | Assistant Equipment Manager
Matt Falconer is in his fifth season with the team as an Assistant Equipment Manager, but he has been involved with the organization in several capacities since 2003. He began as a locker room assistant while still in high school, helping the equipment staff at home games. He became an intern in the hockey operations department in 2006 while working toward his Sports Management degree at Newbury College and he was hired as a hockey operations assistant in 2007. He earned his degree in May, 2009 and moved into his current position in August, 2009. The native of Waltham, MA is single.


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