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Pawel Prylinski is in his 23rd year with the Blackhawks. A native of Kalisz, Poland, he earned his Master’s Degree at the Academy of Physical Education in Poznan, Poland, majoring in education while minoring in coaching and therapeutic massage. Prylinski moved to Chicago in 1981 and earned his professional certification at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy.

Prylinski joined the Blackhawks in 1991 and became only the fourth such therapist on an NHL club. Prior to joining the Blackhawks, he was a massage therapist at a Chicago health club and also had a successful private practice. Prylinski and his two children, Gabriela and Ryan, reside in the western suburbs.