July 2018

2018 Annual Business of Ice Hockey
Report Now Available

The 2018 Annual Business of Ice Hockey is a great resource of information on participation and sales data in the United States and it is now available !

You can find out what happened with overall participation in hockey in the United States in 2017 along with data by age, household income and region. S ales data is also included for hockey skates, sticks and helmets and ice skates along with a projection of sales for 2018.  
Members of the Hockey Dealers Association, and National Sporting Goods Association members with an interest in hockey, should have received a free electronic copy of the report as a member benefit. Printed copies of the report are available to members upon request.
The cost of the report is $295 for non-members.  Purchasing a one-year retailer membership in HDA for $150 is a great way to not only receive the Annual Business of Ice Hockey report, but also to keep up with news and information on the industry and to utilize various cost-saving services.
For more information on HDA membership, or to learn more about the Annual Business of Ice Hockey report, contact HDA director Marty Maciaszek at  mmaciaszek@nsga.org or at (847) 296-NSGA (6742), ext. 1260.

NSGA Pleased House Passes Legislation
Including PHIT Act 

NSGA applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for including legislation to encourage physical activity in the Heath Savings Account (HSA) reform package that passed a House vote by a 277-142 margin.  The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act (H.R. 6312) was part of that package.

It is a compromise version of the original bill, which NSGA has supported and urged passage of since its introduction a decade ago. It would  allow Americans to use dollars in their HSAs to pay for physical activity items such as health club memberships, fitness and activity lessons and classes, equipment needed for certain sports and activities, and league and team signup fees for youth and school sports teams.

NSGA hopes the U.S. Senate will restore some important features removed from the original PHIT Act.

Positive Coaching Alliance:
Defining Team Culture Goals with Athletes

The Positive Coaching Alliance has a 100-point exercise so coaches and their athletes can talk about their goals and have honest discussions about what matters.


IOC Request to Deliver Sports Equipment
 to North Korea is Denied

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) would like to see an exemption approved for the delivery of sports equipment to North Korea. The United States objected to any further exemptions to sanctions against North Korea and blocked the request to the United Nations Sanctions Committee.


NCAA Allows Conferences to Choose
Format After Mandatory Overtime Period

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Committee approved a proposal in men's and women's ice hockey to allow conferences to use two alternative formats to award points in their standings after a mandatory 5-on-5, five-minute overtime period. The number of skaters allowed on each team will also be increased from 18 to 19.

Video Replay Approved
for New York High School Postseason

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA) approved to use of video replay for its postseason hockey games. The replay can be used in any postseason game to determine goals, undetermined goals and proper time on the game clock.


Hockey In the Himalayas
Reaches Incredible Heights

The popular India tourist attraction of Ladakh has also become a hockey hotbed because of harsh winter days in the cold desert land. It also gained international attention by making the Guiness Book of World Records for ice hockey played at the highest altitude (14,040 feet above sea level). Newly donated equipment from Canada, recognition from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and assistance from five-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser has also provided a boost for the sport in the area.

Manitoba Exhibits Feature
Iconic Equipment

Exhibits which include the oldest known hockey stick, Jacques Plante's pretzel goalie mask and Rocket Richard's jersey are part of a pair of exhibits showcasing the history of hockey at the Manitoba Museum. The exhibits opened to the public in early July and will be at the museum until Jan. 13, 2019.

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?

If an NHL team's two goalies are injured during a game anyone can play the position - including someone from the stands. Scott Foster, a 36-year-old accountant, was called on to play for the Blackhawks in the third period of a game in late March and he stopped 7 shots to preserve a 6-2 win over Winnipeg. 
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