September 2018

Here is a look at two manufacturers, Krampade and Sauce Toss, that recently joined the Hockey Dealers Association and are looking to work with hockey retailers.


Krampade is a family-owned company with a revolutionary approach for muscle cramps that also enhance muscle performance and recovery. Krampade's powdered drink formulations provide a rapidly absorbable form of dietary potassium which quickly resolves acute cramps and helps prevent the onset of cramps.
Top NCAA Division I hockey programs and professional hockey players use Krampade and Hockey Krampade to enhance muscle performance and recovery, while helping to prevent and stop cramps. Krampade's  product lines were put to the ultimate test during the second half of the University of North Dakota's men's ice hockey team's eighth national championship season in 2015-16.  
Krampade and Academics Krampade sponsors the American Hockey Coaches' Association's All-American Scholar Program and became the official performance drink of the North American Hockey League in 2017. Krampade is also a corporate sponsor of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Women's League Final Faceoff.

Read more about Krampade

Sauce Toss

The basic concept of Sauce Toss is a bean bag toss game for hockey players, using a board, a large net, a smaller net, 8 pucks and hockey sticks (not included). A saucer pass is common in hockey and is used to raise the puck over a defenders' stick or body to a teammate.

Sauce Toss comes form the name "Sauce Pass" and "Bean Bag Toss" and it is the newest in tailgating with the twist to a favorite and skillful hockey pass. Sauce Toss is designed for all ages and can be used by players to hone their hockey skills. It can also be played anywhere - backyard, beach or in a parking lot before games.


FTC Cracks Down on Patriot Puck
Over "Made in America" Claims

The Federal Trade Commission cracked down on Patriot Puck over deceptive American-made claims. Hockey pucks advertised on the Patriot Puck website and in other areas online had claims which included "100 percent made in the USA,"  but its products were wholly imported from China.

Under terms of consent orders with New-York based Patriot Puck and its owner, it is prohibited from making misleading or deceptive statements and needs to meet certain criteria to use "Made in the USA" claims.

Report: A Look at High School
Apparel Sales in New Jersey

An investigative report by explored the issues surrounding high school apparel in New Jersey. One athletic director called it "the wild, wild west" and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association finance director referred to it as "chaos." The report also said some schools participating in the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) licensing program receive such a small amount of money they don't even cash their checks.


  HDA, NSGA Members Have Clear Edge this Holiday Season with PartnerShip
FedEx recently announced that for the second year in a row, it will not apply additional residential surcharges during the holiday season, except for shipments that are oversized, unauthorized or necessitate additional handling. HDA and NSGA members who expect a significant amount of e-commerce orders during the 2018 holiday season have access to exclusive discounts with the NSGA Shipping Program through PartnerShip.

Three Tips for Youth Hockey Coaches

Montreal Canadiens' head coach Claude Julien provides Positive Coaching Alliance three pieces of advice all youth hockey coaches can benefit from hearing. Julien was also the  head coach of the Boston Bruins from 2007-2017 and led them to the 2011 Stanley Cup.
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Poll: Hockey Most Expensive Extracurricular Kids' Activity in Canada

Hockey is the extracurricular activity putting the most financial strain on Canadian families, according to a recent poll. Ipsos for Global News found h ockey had the highest average annual cost at nearly $750 and swimming ($205), soccer ($212) and skating ($213) were at the bottom. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed felt a strain on their finances and 32 percent were using debt to take care of costs.


NFL Star Jalen Ramsey
Ready to Try NHL?

Jacksonville Jaguars star defensive back Jalen Ramsey recently said he could make the NHL if he dedicated six months to training. A video showed Ramsey calling a local sporting goods store to ask if they had hockey equipment.

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Artificial Intelligence Changing 
Player Evaluation

Artificial Intelligence is making an impact in how athletes are evaluated for current and potential future performance. Sean Durzi was not chosen in the 2017 NHL Draft despite analytics putting him in the top 40 players. This year, Durzi was taken in the second round and with the 52nd overall pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs.


New Concussion Guidelines for Children Developed by U.S. Government

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines after evaluating 25 years of scientific research on managing concussions in children. The CDC said most kids' symptoms clear up in one to three months.
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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?

The career leader for power play goals is Dave Andreychuk with 274 from 1982-2006 with six teams. Andreychuk had 32 in 83 games with Buffalo and Toronto in 1992-93.
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 or (847) 296-6742 (NSGA), ext. 1260.

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