Kent Weisbeck enters his 29th season as an Athletic Trainer for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. During his tenure, he has missed only seven contests and has worked over 2,000 games. In the past 28 years he has earned two Calder Cup rings (1987 and 1996) and has worked in the Calder Cup Finals on five other occasions.
During the 2009-10 season, his 25th consecutive year of service to the organization, “Snacky” became the first-ever athletic trainer in the 57-year history of the franchise to get inducted into the Amerks Hall of Fame. He was honored as the 48th member of the prestigious club, joining former Amerk greats Randy Cunneyworth and Jim Wiemer as part of the Class of 2010.
Weisbeck worked one day in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, but the rest of his hours, days and years have been in Rochester. On October 23, 2010, Weisbeck reached a professional milestone working in his 2,000th game. The team honored him on November 7, 2010 with a plaque and fitted him with the first Blue Jacket, an honor bestowed to Weisbeck by then team owner Curt Styres as a testament to his personal milestone.
Weisbeck reached another milestone in his career when he was selected as head athletic trainer for the Western Conference All-Star team for the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic, the first in his 28 seasons behind the bench. He was selected by the American Hockey League based upon his many years of excellence and dedicated service to the AHL and the City of Rochester.
The Buffalo, NY, native graduated from the University at Buffalo in 1977 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education with a minor in athletic training. After graduating from UB, he stayed at the university to work as an assistant athletic trainer from 1977-1985. In 1985, he made the jump to the AHL and the Amerks.
Kent and his wife, Colleen, reside in Rochester with their two sons: Cameron (19) and Hunter (3 ½ ).