Veteran athletic therapist to join MJ Police Service
Curtis Amiot is exchanging one hectic career with long hours for another.
The Moose Jaw Warriors head trainer and athletic therapist will leave the team at the end of the December and begin studies to join the Moose Jaw Police Service.
The Warriors have hired Brooke Kosolofski to replace Amiot.
Amiot said he started looking at a career change after he and his wife began to have a family. Amiot’s wife Andrea is due with the couple’s second child at the end of March.
“It’s a better schedule and this will give me more time to be around the family and help out,” said Amiot who has spent eight years with the Warriors.
“I will probably miss it, but I think I’m more excited about the family stuff that I will gain more than what I’m losing. The camaraderie and the sports environment is good, but it’s also been 10 years of being around it all of the time, so a break might be good too.”
Kosolofski joins the Warriors from the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Grand Prairie Storm where he served as athletic therapist, the strength and conditioning coach and their equipment manager.
“Brooke joins us with a significant background and training in this important and specialized field. We are very confident in his ability to look after our players and their best interests on and off the ice,” said Warriors general manager Alan Millar in a statement. “We welcome Brooke to the Warriors and would like to thank Matt Hughes and the Grande Prairie Storm for their support of this move for Kosolofski.”
Kosolofski worked with the University of Lethbridge’s men’s hockey team and was also at with all of Notre Dame’s hockey programs in Wilcox as their director of strength and conditioning from 2005-09.
Kosolofski is certified with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association.
Amiot will join the Moose Jaw Police Service after he completes 20 weeks of study at the police college at the University of Regina.
To be accepted to the academy, Amiot completed a written application, he wrote the 75-question SIGMA police test in 35 minutes, completed a fitness test, a psychological test, a formal interview and a lie detector test.
He had hoped to leave the team during the off-season, but that wasn’t in the cards.
“There were two positions available for the summer semester and I was third on the list. Then (Sgt. Dave Purdy) retired so another position became available and that’s the position I was offered,” said Amiot.
Amiot will finish his tenure with the Warriors at the end of the year. Kosolofski will begin work with the Warriors on Boxing Day giving them a week together to ease the transition.
“Curtis Amiot has been an integral part of the Warriors and we wish him and his family the best moving forward,” said Millar.