Team physician featured speaker for Lee Remmel Packer Night


Sports Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dr. Patrick McKenzie, who made one of the biggest decisions in Green Bay Packers history, will be the guest speaker for the annual Lee Remmel Packer Night program.

When the Packers considered a trade for Brett Favre in 1992, some wanted to flunk Favre on his physical because of a degenerative hip condition. Asked his opinion, McKenzie thought otherwise on the quarterback who would go on to set a NFL record for consecutive starts.

McKenzie, Packers team physician since the early 1990s, will appear at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Recreation Lanes for the free event.

McKenzie is described as a “modest man who doesn’t seek attention for his role with one of the league’s most storied franchises.”

“He’s really a one-man show running this team, and it’s remarkable what Pat does,” said longtime head athletic trainer Pepper Burruss.

Dr. McKenzie’s appearance will not have been possible without Iron Mountain High School graduate Diana (Barkle) Amundson. The daughter of Rob and Deb Barkle serves as Dr. McKenzie’s personal assistant, both clinically and surgically.

Amundson has been working at Bellin Hospital since 2011 and will now be assigned to the new Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.

The Packers 2018 highlights video, “Ready to Win,” will be presented. Mike Caruso, one of the event coordinators, says the Packers have provided more than 40 pieces of memorabilia to be given away at the event.

Lee Remmel Packer Night is sponsored by Recreation Lanes, The Music Tree and El Capitan Supper Club.

Practice schedule

With a theme of “Back to Football,” Packers training camp kicks off with a practice Thursday, July 25, at Ray Nitschke Field. It will be the first of four straight practices as part of the opening week.

The Packers will hold three practices (July 30-31 and August 1), before Family Night takes place at Lambeau Field on Friday, Aug. 2.

On Sunday, August 4, the team will hold an open practice before welcoming the Houston Texans for two joint practices on August 5-6 prior to facing them in the preseason opener at home on Aug. 8.

Board candidates

The Green Bay Packers will present two candidates, former players George Koonce and Eric Torkelson, for shareholder vote to join the Packers Board of Directors.

The candidate information was included in proxy information sent this month to more than 360,000 shareholders in advance of the annual meeting, set for July 24, at Lambeau Field.

Koonce, a former Packers linebacker who played for the team from 1992-99, is currently senior vice president for university relations at Marian University.

Torkelson, a former Packers running back who played for the team from 1974-79 and 1981, is a retired sales representative from Stryker Corp, a medical device company.

(Packers.com and Green Bay Press-Gazette contributed to this story)