Position: HEAD ATHLETIC THERAPIST
Graham Rynbend is entering his 16th season as head athletic therapist with the Montreal Canadiens after being assistant athletic therapist with the club from 1997 to 2000. Prior to officially joining the team, he spent three years honing his professional skills working as a volunteer at all Canadiens home games. Graham Rynbend graduated from Concordia University in 1991 with a Bachelor in Science, specialization in Athletic Therapy. After becoming a Certified Athletic Therapist in 1994, he earned a certification as Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Prior to working for the Canadiens, the 44-year old Rynbend spent two seasons as a member of the medical staff with the Montreal Machine of the World League of American Football. Before working with professional sports teams, he had five years of private practice at the Concordia Sports Medicine Centre. Graham is a member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA) and the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society (PHATS), where he is part of the Electronic Medical Reports committee responsible for the development and advancement of a customized software program that has revolutionized medical file management in pro sports. Graham received the CATA’s Merit Award in 2000 in recognition of his outstanding emergency service in dealing with Brian Savage’s neck fracture in a game in Los Angeles on November 20, 1999. He participated in his 1,000th NHL regular season game on March 22, 2011. Born in Pointe-Claire, Graham Rynbend was raised in Dorval.