June 2016

Business of Ice Hockey Report
Now Available

The Annual Business of Ice Hockey is a great resource of information on participation and sales data in the United States. The 2016 Edition of the report is now available!

Overall participation in the U.S. declined slightly for the second consecutive year. Overall sales for the categories of hockey and ice skates also decreased from 2014 to 2015.

In 2015, it was  a very warm year across the country, which likely influenced the slightly lower participation and sales figures.

Members of the Hockey Dealers Association, and National Sporting Goods Association members with an interest in hockey, will receive a free electronic copy of the report. Printed copies of the report are available to members upon request.

The cost of the report is $395 for non-members. Purchasing a one-year membership in HDA for $125 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 (800) 815-5422, ext. 1260.

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PSG Appoints Harlan Kent as New CEO

Performance Sports Group has appointed Harlan Kent as the Company's new Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its Board of Directors. Kent took over June 20 after a comprehensive search process undertaken by the Board of Directors with the assistance of a leading executive search firm.

Kent is an experienced CEO who has a strong track record of leading consumer-centric brands, growing profitability and creating shareholder value. As President and CEO of Yankee Candle, Inc., he led the organization through consistent growth in revenues, profits and shareholder value. During his tenure as President and CEO, Yankee Candle revenues more than doubled to $840 million and the company's market capitalization increased to $1.7 billion.

"I'm excited to join the team at Performance Sports Group, a company best known for its iconic brands and elevating player performance and protection," Kent said. "PSG has a strong portfolio of leading brands, a successful track record of product innovation and significant global growth potential. I look forward to working closely with the Board and our employees to fulfill our consumer-centric mission."

Amir Rosenthal, who has served as interim CEO of Performance Sports Group since March 22, remains with the Company.

Click here to read more about PSG's new CEO.


Youth Player and Dad Use ASTM
to Help Protect Throats of Goalies 

Jerry Ostrander figured something needed to be done after the throat protector on the goalie's mask of his then 14-year-old A.J. was shattered by a puck for the fourth time. Ostrander, a retired police officer, did not feel the kids were being protected and eventually took the issue to ASTM International.

Ostrander found there was no safety standard at ASTM or any other governing body for throat protectors. But with some help he began to develop a standard and started going to ASTM meetings with his son.

As a result, the ASTM approved a standard on March 15: F3165, Specification for Throat Protective Equipment for Hockey Goaltenders. The Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC) is expected to use the new standard and it may be adopted by other organizations.

Click here to read more.

PSG Says Two Studies Validate
Concussion Collar Technology 

Performance Sports Group said proprietary technology licensed exclusively to the company for use in sports and athletic activities has been shown to reduce brain injury biomarkers in two separately published peer-review studies.

The studies used high school hockey and football players with a C-shaped neck collar, developed by Q30 Innovations, that attempts to reduce mild traumatic brain injury by using the body's internal physiology instead of external protections such as helmets. The device mildly increases blood volume in the cranium, trying to reduce the "slosh effect," which medical experts have identified as a key cause of mild traumatic brain injury.

PSG announced its anticipated launch of the product in the spring/summer of 2017. PSG will then proceed on making the product available in the U.S. and other countries after it receives approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory authorities across the world.

Click here to read more.


Families Turning to RVs
for Travel Tournaments 

Travel hockey requires a significant commitment. A small but rising number of families are turning to RVs to cut hotel costs and make the experience more enjoyable, according to a story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Some families believe using RVs allows players to get more rest, avoid boredom from being in hotel rooms and build more family and player camaraderie.

Click here to read the entire Minneapolis Star-Tribune story.

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Gordie Howe (1928-2016)

The hockey world lost one of its legends with the passing of Gordie Howe on June 10 at the age of 88. Howe spent the bulk of his professional career with the Detroit Red Wings and held NHL records for goals (801) and points (1,850) that stood until they were broken by Wayne Gretzky. Howe also had 174 goals and 508 points in six seasons in the old World Hockey Association and finished his career at age 51 with the Hartford Whalers.

Howe did more for hockey than just put up impressive numbers and display incredible longevity. He also was a tremendous ambassador renowned for never turning down an autograph. Gretzky told ESPN.com he would like to see the NHL pay tribute to Howe by having his uniform No. 9 retired throughout the league.

"I'm pretty biased," said Gretzky, who wore No. 99 in tribute to Howe. "If I had my way, I would do it. But that's for the league. I'm not involved with the league right now. But listen, whatever they choose to do is going to be very special because Gordie deserves something really special and unique.

"I don't think anybody helped promote, support the game, the sport or our country better than Gordie Howe. He was proud to be a Canadian, proud to be from Saskatchewan. And I don't think the NHL is going to overlook the fact of how important he was to the game, so I'm sure they are going to do something real special for him."



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In This Issue
Apply Now for HDA/SDC
Hockey Collaboration

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


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! 


NSGA 2016
Now Available!

The 2016 editions of NSGA's Sports Participation in the United States and Sporting Goods Market Report are now available. These are great resources for anyone in the sporting goods industry.  Click here  for more information.
Did you know?

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won their four Stanley Cup trophies with different coaches - Bob Johnson (1991), Scotty Bowman (1992), Dan Bylsma (2009) and Mike Sullivan (2016).
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