October 2018

Looking at Demographic Shifts
and the Impact on Hockey

The NHL and Congressional Hockey Caucus hosted an event on Oct. 17 to analyze the demographic shifts in the United States and how it will impact the future of the NHL. The National Sporting Goods Association and Hockey Dealers Association was represented at the meeting and you can click here for a recap and a synopsis of the policy report from the NHL.


STX Extends Partnership with USA Hockey

STX and USA Hockey extended their partnership which began in 2014. STX will serve as an official equipment supplier of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program and provide equipment to various USA Hockey Programs.

Are NHL Goalies Shrinking?

Not necessarily, but NHL goalies are looking more like their actual size as equipment changes continue in an effort to increase scoring. All NHL goalies will be wearing a smaller chest protector this season.

Ohio State Wardrobe Malfunction

Ohio State has one of the best teams in NCAA women's hockey. So, the fourth-ranked Buckeyes wore brand new all-black uniforms for their matchups with top-ranked Minnesota. But the Buckeyes started the second game with a penalty because their uniform numbers were ruled illegible by referees.


Retail Organizations Release 
2018 Holiday Sales Growth Forecasts

The holiday season is quickly approaching! What are the retail forecasts predicting?  Click here  to find out what RetailNext, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the National Retail Federation are saying.


Animal Media Produces Third
Hockey Graphic Novel for Kids

Howard Shapiro of Animal Media Group, an HDA member, has written Kate's Really Good at Hockey, his third graphic novel about hockey for kids.  The paperback book is $10.99 and will be available Nov. 13. Shapiro   is looking for hockey retailers to work with on sales of his books .

Click here to learn more or contact Shapiro at howard@animalstudio.com.


RAD Looks to Work with Retailers
on Mobility and Recovery Tools

RAD, an NSGA Innovations Arena exhibitor, partners with retailers and team dealers all over the world, by offering innovative mobility and recovery tools for ALL athletes. RAD equips athletes with the tools they need to reach  their highest level of performance and achieve relief in motion. The product design makes each tool easy to transport and convenient to use. 
RAD is passionate about the "why" behind its tools. They provide dynamic and informative educational resources tailored to both athletes and organizations.
For more information please contact Josh Hensley, President of RAD, at  josh@radroller.com. For education inquiries, please contact Roy Choquette, RAD's Training Coordinator, at  roy@radroller.com. Feel free to check out RAD's innovative lineup at  www.radroller.com.


Nominate Candidates for Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Do you know someone who has made a significant impact on the sporting goods industry? Nominations are being accepted for the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2020 through February 22, 2019.

Positive Coaching Alliance:
Watching Hockey to Increase Hockey IQ

University of Minnesota women's coach Brad Frost, who has won four NCAA championships, shares his thoughts on players increasing their hockey IQ by watching the college and pro game on television.


NCAA Proposes Changes
to Men's Ice Hockey Recruiting

The NCAA men's ice hockey committee created an alternative process which recognizes the the sport's unique professional opportunities. The proposal would allow prospective student-athletes to make informed decisions regarding about pursuing college or pro hockey.


Nash Sports' Founder Ralph Beavis
Passes Away at 64

Ralph Beavis went from repairing the palms of hockey gloves for some friends to becoming a manufacturer and supplier of hockey equipment for teams from the NHL to the house league level. Beavis died of a heart attack Oct. 6 at 64.

Beavis was a salesman when he started fixing hockey gear. He officially founded Nash Sports in 1993 and he became a valuable resource for equipment managers at all levels of hockey.


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?

Roy Worters, the former goaltender for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Americans and Montreal Canadiens, is the shortest player to play in the NHL. Waters measured 5-feet-3 and played in 484 games from 1925-1937.

2018 Annual Business of Ice Hockey Report

The 2018 Annual Business of Ice Hockey Report is a great resource on participation and sales data in the United States. It is available for free to HDA members and costs $295 for non-members.

To learn more about the report contact Marty Maciaszek at mmaciaszek@nsga.org or (847) 296-6742 (NSGA), ext. 1260.

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