December 2018

happy-holidays-header4.jpg The Hockey Dealers Association and National Sporting Goods Association would like to extend best wishes to you for a happy holiday season and thank you for your support of the association and the hockey industry. We hope it has been a successful 2018 and even better things are on the horizon for you in 2019!


HDA, NSGA Can Help Navigate
Online Sales Tax Collection

HDA and NSGA retailer and team dealer members have asked how the Supreme Court's South Dakota v. Wayfair decision would affect their business and how they collect sales tax to out-of-state customers. There is no single answer. This ruling does not affect in-store transactions. The big question concerns members who sell on their websites to out-of-state customers and don't yet collect sales tax. Not every state has a remote sales tax collection law on the books.
A Frequently Asked Questions document is available to HDA and NSGA members on the NSGA website. It includes links to forms needed to register in states that collect state sales tax.
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Freight Class Changes
Affect Footwear Retailers

On Dec. 29, footwear retailers will see changes that will affect freight pricing. HDA and NSGA members can find out what works best for shipments through PartnerShip.


NHL Will Unveil Color-Changing Puck

PPG and the NHL announced that official game pucks featuring thermochromic coatings supplied by PPG will be in play at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium on New Year's Day.

The advanced coatings change from purple to clear when a puck's temperature is above freezing, providing a visual indication to officials that the puck should be replaced. The coated pucks will be tested at NHL tentpole events during the 2018-19 season and will be further evaluated for broader use in the future.

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CCM Program Rewards
Youth Community Service

CCM Hockey announced its 2018  CCM Assists campaign, which inspires minor hockey teams across North America to establish an active role in their communities during the holiday season and beyond. In return for their dedication and hard work, the brand will reward three teams with CCM hockey sticks.


Scholarships, Exhibiting and Sponsorship at the 2019 NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit

From left, Hilary Sloan of RX Bar talks with Jackie and Curt Koman of KoSports during the Speed Networking at the 2018 Management Conference.
The 2019 NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit is less than six months away on May 19-21 in Braselton, Georgia. There are different ways you can participate in the premier event in the sporting goods industry

Apply for a Scholarship
Retailers can click here to apply for a scholarship that covers all conference registration fees and three nights lodging at the Chateau Elan Winery & Resort. The deadline to apply is January 11, 2019!

Exhibit in the Innovations Arena
The Innovations Arena is a great way to get your new and innovative product the exposure you are looking for with sporting goods industry executives and decision-makers. Click here
for more information.
Support Through Sponsorship
There are many benefits for manufacturers who support the conference through sponsorship, which includes exhibiting in the Innovations Arena. For more information contact Julie Pitts, NSGA Director of Business Development & Research, at or (847) 296-6742, ext. 1180.

Now is the time to become a new member or renew your membership with the Hockey Dealers Association.  Click here to fill out an application and learn more about the benefits of being a part of the voice for hockey dealers.


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Marty Maciaszek 

In This Issue
Apply Now for HDA/SDC
Hockey Collaboration

The collaboration for the purchase of hockey equipment by U.S. hockey dealers between HDA, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) and SDC (Sports Distributors of Canada) continues to grow.


Click here to learn more about how the collaboration works and to fill out an inquiry form to start the process. Members of the collaboration take advantage of access to various products and discounts to help their bottom line.


There is no obligation to complete the form. Criteria used by SDC to determine participation may include a minimum sales volume of $200,000 in annual wholesale hockey products, credit rating, proximity to existing members and meeting certain store standards.


Don't delay and inquire today! 


Did you know?

In 1984, legend Mario Lemieux stole the puck from Hall of Famer Ray Bourque on his first NHL shift and with his first shot scored the first of his 690 career goals.
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