2018 Annual Business of Ice Hockey Report Now Available!
Mount Prospect, Illinois (July 12, 2018) - The 2018 Annual Business of Ice Hockey is a great resource of information on participation and sales data in the United States and it is now available! You can find out what happened with overall participation in hockey in the United States and learn more about sales data in 2017.
Members of the Hockey Dealers Association, and National Sporting Goods Association members with an interest in hockey, should have received a free electronic copy of the report as a member benefit. Printed copies of the report are available to members upon request. If you did not receive your copy please contact HDA Managing Director Marty Maciaszek at email@example.com
or (847) 296-6742, ext. 1260.
The cost of the report is $295 for non-members.
NFHS Makes Risk-Minimization Equipment Related Rule Changes for 2018-19
Indianapolis, Indiana (May 16, 2018) - The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Ice Hockey Rules Committee made three risk minimization rule changes affecting equipment which were approved for the 2018-19 season. The new rules require goalkeepers to wear pants or socks under leg pads to cover exposed skin, a HECC/ASTM full facemask and changes to composition of the stick.
Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have boys ice hockey teams and 14 states have girls ice hockey teams playing under NFHS rules.
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Bauer Gets Favorable Head Protection Technology Judgment in Canada
Toronto, Canada (May 15, 2018) - Bauer announced the Federal Court of Canada ruled favorably in a head protection technology and patent case brought against it by a Swedish company. The court determined that Bauer Hockey independently developed SUSPEND-TECH, a rotational impact technology, and confirmed the BAUER RE-AKT helmet line does not infringe on the Swedish company MIPS' Canadian patent. MIPS brought the allegations against Bauer in early 2015.
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Pure Hockey Acquires Bauer "Own The Moment" Retail Stores
Holliston, Massachusetts (April 17, 2018) - Pure Hockey, the largest hockey retailer in the U.S., announced that it has acquired both of Bauer Hockey's "Own The Moment" retail stores.
The new stores will operate as "Bauer Hockey Experience" locations. With the acquisition, Pure Hockey will now operate 53 retail locations across the United States, as well as three ecommerce sites focused on hockey and goalie equipment.
Both stores will remain Bauer-exclusive locations, now owned and operated by Pure Hockey. The Burlington, MA store will move to Pure Hockey's existing store location in Burlington, and is expected to re-open to the public by the end of July. The Bloomington, MN location will continue to operate in its current location.
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