June 2017

Ed Kinnaly Returns to Bauer as CEO

Peak Achievement Athletics and its controlling shareholders, Sagard Holdings and Fairfax Financial, announced the appointment of Edward G.  Kinnaly  as the Chief Executive Officer of the Bauer, Cascade and Maverik businesses, effective June 1.

Kinnaly  was previously with Bauer Hockey for 13 years as Executive Vice President, Global Commerce and General Manager, Europe. Following his tenure with Bauer,  Kinnaly  served as President and CEO of Flywheel Sports. He also held management roles with Nike and  adidas  in marketing, product/category  management  and retail.

"I'm thrilled to be back working with the teams at Bauer,  Maverik  and Cascade,"  Kinnaly  said in a news release. "I'm energized by the mission ahead - creating products that elevate our athletes' performance, delighting our consumers, driving the success of our retail partners and creating a world-class company culture."

Tony Palma was also appointed as CEO of Easton Diamond Sports and co-CEO of Peak Achievement Athletics with Kinnaly.

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USA Hockey Announces
Rule Changes

usahockey USA Hockey announced its Youth and Junior rule changes which take effect with the 2017-18 playing season and go through the 2020-21 season.

The Youth and Junior Rule 101 regarding the rink will establish the ice surface shall be white in color.

In the Youth and Junior editions, rule 304(c) for protective equipment will add language that clarifies HECC (Hockey Equipment Certification Council) helmets be worn in the manner intended by the manufacturer with no alterations. Rule 304(d) specifies a player wearing improper equipment is removed from the game until corrected.

Also in the Junior edition of rule 304(c), players are required to wear HECC-approved helmets and the option of players of majority age to sign a waiver to wear a non-HECC approved helmet was eliminated. It also added a fine for a player who doesn't have a chin strap properly fastened at all times, except during the anthem.

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A Stick-Shattering Experience

Hockey sticks have come a long way from their wood origins. But even the best technology can't stop them from shattering. Sometimes at the worst time, such as this year in Game  4 of the Stanley Cup where Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz had to play without a stick in his hands after his was busted by a shot from Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis.

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Outfitting the Newest NHL Outfit

Chris Davidson-Adams is very busy these days as the equipment manager for the NHL's expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights. Davidson-Adams is gearing up for a lot of 16- to 18-hour days as he prepares to purchase everything the team will need - from sticks to coffee - on a $2 million budget. The two Las Vegas newspapers took a closer look at what goes into Davidson-Adams' job of making sure an NHL team is fully equipped for a season.

Click here to read the Las Vegas Sun story.

Click here to read the Las Vegas Review-Journal story.


A Look at Making Hockey
More Accessible in Canada

Cost is definitely a big factor in making hockey more accessible to the masses. But there are other barriers as The Hockey News columnist Ken Campbell examines the situation with youth hockey in Canada.

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NHL Bans Players from 2018 Olympics; 2020 World Cup in Doubt

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league's players would not participate in the 2018 Olympic Games in Korea. Bettman also said during his annual address before the Stanley Cup there would not be a World Cup of Hockey in 2020 because of labor concerns between the NHL and its players. A legal battle from the NHL Players Association is expected.

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Bezanson, Miller Appointed
to NSGA Board of Directors

Kevin Bezanson of Cleve's Source for Sports and Greg Miller of Universal Athletic have been appointed to the National Sporting Goods Board of Directors. Bezanson and Miller began serving three-year terms June 1, 2017.

Bezanson is  the President of Cleve's Source For Sports, a family-owned business, located in Canada with 18 locations in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. In 1989, Bezanson started in the business and has served as President for 20 years. Cleve's, a general sporting goods store focusing on hockey, footwear and apparel, as well as other team sports, outdoor, winter and water sports, is part of the Sports Distributors of Canada.

Miller  is the President of Universal Athletic, headquartered in Bozeman, Montana. Miller began his career as a retail clerk in 1984 but progressed through the company and always had his current position in mind as an end-goal. Prior to becoming President of Universal in 2015, he served as Vice President from 2007 on, and when former Universal President Larry Aasheim decided he would retire a plan was put in place to transition Miller into the role.

Dale Donaldson, President of Mallard's Source For Sports reached the end of his term of service on the NSGA Board. Donaldson served for six years. Rob Summerfield of MC Sports has also ended his tenure on the NSGA Board.

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Marty Maciaszek

In This Issue
NSGA Research Now Available

NSGA's 2017 editions of its Sports Participation and Sporting Goods Market reports are now available. These are must-have resources for anyone in the sporting goods industry. Click here for more information.

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! 


Did you know?

The Pittsburgh Penguins became the first franchise to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98. The Penguins also won back-to-back Cups in 1991-92.

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