Bears Promote Brian Riedel To Head Athletic Trainer, Hire Shawn Fliszar As Assistant Athletic Trainer

The Hershey Bears announced on Thursday that the club has promoted Brian Riedel to head athletic trainer and hired Shawn Fliszar as assistant athletic trainer.


Hershey, PA-December 31, 2020) – The Hershey Bears, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Washington Capitals, announced today that the club has promoted Brian Riedel to head athletic trainer. Additionally, the team has hired Shawn Fliszar as assistant athletic trainer.

Riedel, 26, served as Hershey’s assistant athletic trainer during the 2019-20 campaign, and now moves into the head athletic trainer role after Murphy Luatua’s promotion to Washington earlier this month.

Riedel, a Sun Prairie, Wisconsin native, has quickly climbed the professional hockey ladder. Prior to joining the Capitals organization, he served as the head athletic trainer for the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits during the 2018-19 season, after holding the same title with the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Peoria Rivermen in 2017-18. Riedel is a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate, and during his time in college, he worked closely with the school’s men’s hockey team.

Fliszar, 27, joins the Bears from the ECHL’s Atlanta Gladiators. He worked as the club’s head athletic trainer during the 2019-20 season. Prior to moving to Georgia, Fliszar gained experience with the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals, first serving as an athletic training intern, then being hired as the club’s head athletic trainer in 2018.

A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Fliszar holds a bachelor’s degree from DeSales University and a master’s degree from Moravian College. He also has past experience as an athletic training intern at Old Dominion University, Lehigh University, and Palisades High School.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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