John Bernal embarks on his sixth season as the Griffins’ athletic trainer and his 16th in hockey. He also represented the organization as a trainer during the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic in Utica.
A native of Pinckney, Mich., Bernal spent three seasons as the assistant athletic trainer for the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes (2008-11), following a four-year stint as head athletic trainer for the club’s AHL affiliates in San Antonio (2005-08) and Utah (2004-05).
Bernal, who earned a sports medicine degree from Central Michigan University in 1999 and a master’s from Arizona State University in 2001, was also the athletic trainer for the ECHL’s Texas Wildcatters (2003-04) and Lake Superior State University’s Division I hockey team (2001-03).
John and his wife, Susan, make their home in Caledonia with their children, Madison and Jackson.