November 2017


STX Forms First NCAA Division I Partnership with Miami (Ohio)

STX reached an agreement to be the official hockey equipment supplier to Miami (Ohio) University. The five-year agreement is the first Division I partnership in ice hockey for STX and it also includes a provision to outfit the women's Division I field hockey program.

The proximity of the Miami campus in Oxford, Ohio, to STX's headquarters in Baltimore will lead the STX product development team to conduct field testing and research. The partnership made its debut Oct. 6 when Miami hosted Providence College.

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Legendary Ken Dryden
Hopes to be Game-Changer

NHL goaltending legend Ken Dryden has been outspoken for years about the dangers of concussions and head injuries in hockey and all sports. Dryden said it's now time for action to eliminate hits to the head on every hockey rink at every level.

Dryden's book Game Change, The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey looks at the effects of concussions and what can be done to reduce head injuries in the future.

Click here to read Dryden's essay in The Globe and Mail.


USA Hockey Headquarters
Suffers Break-In

The USA Hockey headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado suffered a break-in Oct. 4. More than $100,000 in damage was done to championship trophies and office equipment, but nothing was taken in what appeared to be a case of vandalism, according to a story in the Denver Post .
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Bauer Launches Expanded
Women's Campaign

Hilary Knight
Bauer launched its most expansive women-specific initiative in history as part of its campaign to grow and advance female hockey. The campaign features seven-time IIHF World Champion Hilary Knight of the U.S. and two-time Olympic gold medalist Marie-Philip Poulin of Canada. 
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Risk Has Its Rewards for
Source For Sports Skaters North

Paul McLean's interest in opening a hockey store paid off in a partnership and now his ownership of Source for Sports Skaters North in North Bay, Ontario, about four hours north of Toronto. The emphasis on service has turned Skaters North into a destination spot for many in the area.

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2017 Business of Ice Hockey Report
a Great Information Resource

The Annual Business of Ice Hockey is a great resource of information on participation and sales data in the United States. The 2017 Edition of the report is now available!

Overall, participation in the U.S. increased slightly from 2015 to 2016, but overall sales for the categories of hockey equipment and ice skates decreased for the second straight year.

Members of the Hockey Dealers Association, and National Sporting Goods Association members with an interest in hockey, 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 ($125 for retailers and team dealers; $545 for manufacturers and wholesalers) 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 or at (847) 296-NSGA (6742), ext. 1260.

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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
NSGA Research Available

NSGA's 2017 editions of its Sports Participation and Sporting Goods Market reports are 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?

On December 19, 1917 the first NHL game was played on artificial ice in Toronto.
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