HEAD EQUIPMENT MANAGER
Stafford celebrated a career milestone during the 2007-08 season as he worked his 2,000th career NHL regular season game in the Oilers final regular season game – a 2-1 win at Vancouver on April 3, 2008. Stafford also has an extensive background in international hockey, serving as the equipment manager for Team Canada at seven major international tournaments. He won gold medals with Canada at the 1984, '87 and '91 Canada Cups, the 1994 World Championships in Milan, Italy and was a member of the gold medal winning Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He also was with the silver medal winning Canadian team at the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996 and the 2006 Olympic Team.
A former Vice President of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers, Stafford made the move to the training room following an outstanding intercollegiate hockey career with the University of Alberta. In four seasons as a Golden Bear (1977-78 to 1980-81), he was a member of three Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) national championship teams, winning the University Cup from 1977-78 to 1979-80 and also won a gold medal at the 1981 World Student Games in Jaca, Spain. He was inducted into the University of Alberta’s Sports Wall of Fame on May 8, 2008.
Following his graduation from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Physical Education degree in 1981, Stafford began his professional training duties as the trainer for the Wichita Wind, Edmonton's affiliate in the Central Hockey League, in 1981-82 before joining the Oilers the following season.
A native of Banff, Alberta, he and his wife, Susan, have an avid interest in horses.