Head Athletic Trainer / Strength and Conditioning Coach
Pete Friesen is in his 16th season with the Carolina Hurricanes as the team’s head athletic trainer/strength and conditioning coach and his 33nd year as a professional hockey trainer. Friesen is a certified strength and conditioning coach, certified as a performance enhancement specialist, corrective exercise specialist and massage therapist, a board-certified sport physical therapist, and is certified in both the United States and Canada as an Athletic Trainer/Therapist. He is responsible for the institution of training and dietary standards, preparation of rehabilitation programs and treatment of acute injuries for all Hurricanes players.
In addition to his work with professional teams, Friesen has been associated with the Canadian Olympic and international programs for the last 29 seasons, including serving as the head trainer for Team Canada’s gold medal-winning team during the 2004 World Championship in the Czech Republic. He again served as head trainer for Canada at the 2011 World Championship in Slovakia, and has now been to 10 IIHF World Championships. Friesen has advised six different Canadian programs including men’s and women’s ice hockey, field hockey, soccer, figure skating, softball, wrestling, gymnastics and volleyball in preparation for their respective tournaments. Combining the different elements of each sport, Friesen strives to show athletes various ways of developing elements of their bodies in a true cross-training fashion.
A graduate of Bemidji State (MN) with bachelor’s degrees in education and physical education, Friesen also earned a master’s degree in sports medicine and physical therapy from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Friesen was the head trainer at both the University of Saskatchewan and then the University of Alberta.
Pete and his wife, Shelley, reside in Knightdale, North Carolina, with their children, Jack (21), Chad (20) and Taylor (17).