Head Athletic Trainer & Equipment Manager: John 'JJ' Johnson R.Kin, MScKin, BPHE (hons)., CSEP-CPT
John ‘JJ’ Johnson (Barrie, ON) has been the Head Athletic Trainer and Equipment Manager for the Powassan Voodoos since March of 2016. He is a Registered Kinesiologist who completed his master’s degree in Kinesiology and Bachelor of Physical and Health Education at Nipissing University in North Bay, ON. During his time with the Voodoos, JJ has served as the Head Trainer for Team NOJHL at the Eastern Canada Cup All Star Challenge twice (2016, 17’) as well as Equipment Manager for Team Canada East at the 2019 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge. In addition, Johnson has also worked in the OHL, serving as an Assistant Equipment Manager with the North Bay Battalion in 2018-19.
As the Voodoos’ trainer and equipment manager, JJ takes care of the team’s day-to-day needs such as skate sharpening, laundry, equipment repairs, as well as providing treatment and therapy to players. Part of his role is also to refer players to other medical staff such as the team physician, dentist, and chiropractor when needed.
As an active member of the local community, JJ has a passion for physical activity and sport that goes far beyond hockey. Specifically, he is often found playing golf in the spring/summer with Voodoos’ Assistant Coach Josh Dale and Game Day Operations Co-Ordinator, Stephen Boyle. In addition, he spends his summer holidays coaching, refereeing, and playing ball hockey in his hometown, Barrie, ON.
Assistant Trainer: Adam Kennedy
Adam Kennedy (North Bay, ON) is beginning his first year as the Assistant Trainer for the Powassan Voodoos in 2021-22. He is currently a 3rd year student in the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program at Nipissing University and has plans to pursue a master’s degree in Physiotherapy.
Adam has been involved in the hockey community his whole life being a player, and now he is starting his journey on the training side of the game on the bench. Along with being a Level 2 certified Trainer with the Hockey Canada Trainer’s Certification Program, Adam is also a certified Personal Training Specialist with CanFitPro and has been in the gym with clients since June of 2021.
Outside of the hockey and fitness world, Adam has been the co-owner and co-founder of the Bay Apparel clothing brand since June 2020. When he is not studying, in the gym, or on the ice, he is in the shop making clothes for an upcoming collection. After each collection of clothing Bay Apparel releases, Adam and his business partner donate to a local cause in North Bay and surrounding areas to support the community.
Team Physician: Bryan Lemenchick MD, CCFP (SEM), Dip. Sport Med.
Dr. Bryan Lemenchick (Ottawa, ON) has been the team physician for the Powassan Voodoos since 2018. He is a Primary Care Sport Medicine Physician who completed his fellowship in sport and exercise medicine at Western University in London, ON in 2014. Prior to working with the Voodoos, Dr. Lemenchick worked at the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic at Western University. He has been a team physician for varsity teams at Western University and with the Canadian Soccer Association. In addition, Dr. Lemenchick has provided medical coverage at events such as the CHL Memorial Cup, NHL Rookie Tournaments in London, ON, and the Parapan Am Games in Toronto, ON. He also practices emergency and family medicine.