Pittsburgh Penguins, ‘Skip’ Thayer
My name is Charles D. Thayer. I have been an athletic trainer for well over 50 years. I spent 28 of those years employed in the National Hockey League; 18 years with the Chicago Blackhawks, 9 years with the Pittsburgh Penguins and 1 year (the start up year) with the Tampa Bay Lightning. While in Chicago, I also studied for and attained certification as an Illinois Paramedic (1980), and was employed by the Paramedic Service of Illinois, until I moved to Pittsburgh, Pa. in the summer of 1988. While working for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the spring of 1993, during a routine physical examination to check on my high blood pressure, it was discovered that I had developed age onset diabetes. It was not out of hand at the time so I was put on pills to reduce my sugar number. It worked very well and the sugar came back down. The doctor in Tampa Bay regulated my diabetes medicines and I have been on that routine ever since, with a few adjustments along the way. The last two A1c tests have been 6.2 and 6.7.