March 2018



ccmlogo Technical Fibre Products (TFP) announced March 19 that its lightweight nonwovens will play a key part in enhancing the composite fabrication of the next generation of CCM Hockey sticks. TFP believes the next generation of CCM sticks, featuring TFP veil, are engineered to deliver industry leading performance and strength.

TFP nonwovens are used to enhance composite fabrication and performance in a wide range of advanced sporting goods such as bicycle frames, skis and snowboards, tennis racquets, kayak paddles, archery materials and fishing rods. 

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Survey Uncovers a Stinky Situation

Roughly 36 percent of Canadians never wash their hockey gear and 23 percent said they wash it less than once a year, according to a survey done by Leger - with Purex laundry detergent. The survey also found seven percent of Canadians didn't mind the odor and 25 percent didn't know their gear could be washed.

Click here for more about the survey and cleaning tips.

The Superstitious Ways NHL Players
Put on Their Equipment

The superstitions of NHL players include how they put on their equipment. A poll takes a closer look at the order players including Jack Eichel, Tyler Seguin and goalie Tuuka Rask put on their gear before a game.

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USA Hockey Sets Third Straight
8-and-Under Participation Record

Paulina Doughtie from Antioch, Tenn., became USA Hockey's 115,695th 8-and-Under player in 2017-18, setting a single-season 8U participation record. It marked the third consecutive record-breaking season for USA Hockey in the 8U age classification.

"Hockey continues to grow at every level in the United States, and as our participation numbers indicate, the best is yet to come as these young players continue to play, love and excel," said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. "With initiatives like Try Hockey For Free Day and our American Development Model welcoming more and more young players to the sport, the sky's the limit for hockey in the U.S."

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Pure Hockey Announces Partnership With NHL/NHLPA Learn To Play Program

Pure Hockey, the largest hockey retailer in the U.S. and a member of the Hockey Dealers Association, announced a partnership agreement where it will serve as the Retail Partner of the National Hockey League/National Hockey League Players Association Learn to Play Program for U.S. Clubs.

The partnership will allow Pure Hockey to provide an equipment fitting experience for young players and their families across the country through in-person fitting events at their retail stores and at strategic pop-up events in other markets. Pure Hockey will also develop an online fitting guide for participants unable to attend in-person fitting events.

Florida Panthers Opening Door for Adults

The Florida Panthers launched two new hockey programs. One of the sites where they will be held is the Florida Panthers Ice Den, which is an HDA member. 

The Panthers Adult "Learn to Play" program is designed to get those age 18 or older to experience ice hockey at the beginner level.  The Panthers "Learn to Skate" is designed to teach children ages 4 to 8 to skate at the beginner level.

The Panthers also have a "Learn to Play" program in its third year for first-time hockey participants ages 5-9 who are first-time USA Hockey registrants.

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End of Season Brings Raw Emotion
for Nephew of Ex-NHL Player

Nine-year-old Brody Berard, the nephew of former NHL player Bryan Berard, wasn't afraid to let his emotions show with his teammates and coaches after his Woonsocket (Rhode Island) North Stars Mite team saw its season end. 

The Woonsocket organization was bought by the Providence Hockey Club. Knowing that many of his teammates will play for different organizations next year led Brody Berard to give his passionate postgame speech. 

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Marty Maciaszek 

In This Issue
Register Now for 2018 NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit

Registration is now open for the NSGA 54th Annual Management Conference and 20th Annual Team Dealer Summit on May 20-22, 2018 in Bonita Springs, Florida. The Conference is the premier educational and networking event in the sporting goods industry.


Registrants also have the opportunity to see some of the industry's newest and most innovative products in the Innovations Arena. The highly successful Speed Networking also returns to give retailers, team dealers, brands and manufacturers the chance to have a series of scheduled meetings.


Click here for more information and to register today!


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?

The Vegas Golden Knights became the third team of the post-expansion era to qualify for the playoffs in their first NHL season.

The Golden Knights are the first of the group to make it in their first season of existence. The Hartford Whalers and Edmonton Oilers in 1979-80 had come to the NHL from the World Hockey Association (WHA).
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