Pete Rogers enters his 18th season as Head Equipment Manager of the Nashville Predators in 2015-16. He is responsible for the everyday equipment needs of all the players as well as coordinating transfer of equipment to and from road games. Rogers works with the NHL to ensure compliance with programs concerning equipment tracking, jersey authentication and on-ice exposure.
Head Equipment Manager
Rogers served as the Equipment Manager for the U.S. Men’s National Team in his second Olympic Games at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi after having first done so in Torino in 2006. He has also represented his country in six IIHF World Championships (1999-2002, 2005, 2013), most recently in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland in 2013 where Team USA earned a bronze medal. He’s also served as the United States’ equipment manager at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2004 Deutschland Cup in Germany.
The President of the Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM) for the past three seasons, Rogers worked his 2,000th professional game as an equipment manager in Nashville’s 2014-15 regular-season finale on April 11, 2015 at Dallas. The “Original Predator” has been behind the bench for all 1,278 regular-season and 56 playoff games the team has played, including his 1,000th game with the Predators on November 12, 2011. Rogers was the Head Equipment Manager for the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game in Dallas.
Prior to joining the Nashville organization in July 1998, the SUNY Brockport graduate spent eight seasons as the Equipment Manager and Director of Team Travel for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. Rogers also spent nine seasons as an assistant equipment manager in Rochester before a one-year stint as head trainer with the Hampton Roads Admirals of the ECHL in 1989-90.
Pete, his wife, Judy, and daughter, Alexandra, reside in Brentwood, Tenn.