Ray Thill is making his first appearance as an equipment manager with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.
Previously, Thill served as an equipment manager with Team USA at three International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championships (2008, 2009, 2012).
Currently, Thill is the head equipment manager with the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, a role he’s held for the past 14 seasons. With Tampa Bay, Thill is responsible for all equipment maintenance, inventory and ordering. The Chicago native helped the Lightning to a Stanley Cup in 2004, and served as an equipment manager at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa.
Prior to joining Tampa Bay, Thill was the equipment manager for the Detroit Vipers of the International Hockey League for one season. He also had a four-year stay with the IHL’s Chicago Wolves, which won the Turner Cup championship in 1997-98.
Thill resides in Tampa, Fla.