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Performance Sports Group Receives Court Approval of Sale
to Investor Group Led by Sagard Capital and Fairfax Financial

Performance Sports Group (Feb. 6, 2017) -
Performance Sports Group (PSG) announced it received court approval for the sale of substantially all of its assets and its North American subsidiaries to an investor group co-owned by affiliates of Sagard Holdings Inc. and Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited for a base purchase price of $575 million (U.S.). That is subject to certain adjustments and the assumption of related operating liabilities pursuant to the "stalking horse" asset purchase agreement.
PSG received the approval of the sale from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. PSG expects the sale to be completed on or around Feb. 23 and no later than Feb. 27. The Courts will continue on Feb. 8 to consider a limited objection related to the assignment of the purchaser of a license and related agreements with Q30 Sports, LLC. The assignment of this license and related agreements is a condition to closing.

"We are pleased to have received the Courts' approval of the sale of Performance Sports Group's business to an investor group led by Sagard Holdings and Fairfax Financial, which we continue to believe represents the best path forward for our customers, vendors, retail and business partners, employees and other stakeholders," said Harlan Kent, CEO of PSG. "We look forward to completing the sale in the coming weeks and we remain focused on continuing to deliver our high-quality products across all our brands to our customers and consumers."

Sagard Executive Chairman Paul Desmarais III said they are looking forward to working with Fairfax and PSG to "build an even stronger company for the long term around its iconic sporting brands." Fairfax President Paul Rivett said "a partnership with Sagard provides the stable, long-term ownership necessary to continue innovating for the future."

PSG anticipates its operations will continue uninterrupted in the ordinary course of business and day-to-day obligations to its employees, suppliers of goods and services and customers will continue to be me through to closing of the sale.

NFHS Authenticating Mark Fee Increase Affects Hockey Pucks


The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) announced a fee increase of 15 cents in its Authenticating Mark Program (AMP) that will take effect Jan. 1, 2018. The increase of the fee paid by manufacturers was approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The fee increase will increase from 35 cents to 50 cents per dozen for hockey pucks, baseballs, softballs and field hockey and lacrosse balls. The fee increase will go from 35 cents to 50 cents per unit on basketballs, footballs, volleyballs, soccer balls and water polo balls. The NFHS Authenticating Mark is required on all the balls/pucks previously mentioned for use in interscholastic competition.
All balls/pucks in inventory with the NFHS Authenticating Mark may be used in official competition. All balls/pucks currently in schools with the NFHS Authenticating Mark can be used and all balls/pucks already produced with the NFHS Authenticating Mark may be sold.

The fee increase will be assessed on all balls/pucks manufactured after Jan. 1, 2018. The minimum and maximum sizes of the NFHS Authenticating Mark will not change.  

There are 17 states and the District of Columbia where high schools play ice hockey under NFHS rules. The states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin.

NHL Debuts Streamlined Goalie Pants (Feb. 3, 2017) - Opinions were mixed on the new pants NHL goaltenders were required to wear as Feb. 4. The tighter, form-fitting pants are designed to streamline the equipment worn by goalies. The new pants have a defined thigh guard with a width reduced from 10 to 9 inches and they maintain a constant curve that doesn't flare out from the leg.

"Also, more sizes have been created to more closely align with the different waist sizes of today's goaltenders," NHL senior director of hockey operations and goaltender equipment Kay Whitmore, who is also a former goalie, told "In the past, companies basically fit every player in either a large or extra-large pant so the difference from the smallest to the biggest was negligible. We now have enough sizes to properly size all goalies no matter what size they need or company they choose to wear."

Almost 25 percent of the NHL goalies have been wearing the new pants and Washington's Braden Holtby (pictured) and San Jose's Martin Jones were not too concerned about the change. Arizona's Mike Smith didn't like the new pants and thought the change should not have occurred until the start of next season.

The NHL originally planned to make the change before the 2016-17 season but safety concerns with the new pants needed to be addressed by manufacturers.

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Bauer Extends Partnership with BCHL, Adds NHL Goalies to Athlete Roster

Performance Sports Group (Jan. 25, 2017) - Bauer extended its multi-year partnership with the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) as the official equipment and apparel provider to the league and its nearly 400 players. Each BCHL team will continue to exclusively wear Bauer uniforms, helmets, gloves, pants and off-ice apparel. The agreement also provides each team in the league with Bauer sticks and bags.

The BCHL is one of the most successful elite junior leagues in North America. Last year the BCHL sent a league-record 148 players to college hockey and three players were selected in the first round of the the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

"Bauer Hockey has been an incredible partner for the past four years and continuing our relationship is exciting for our league, our teams and players," said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale. "The safety and the opportunity for our players to perform at their absolute best is of utmost importance to us and with Bauer we know our players are using equipment that is second to none."

Bauer also announced the additions of four NHL goaltenders to its elite athlete roster and the extension of multi-year partnerships with three NHL goalies.

Joining Bauer are Tampa Bay's Andre Vasilevskiy, Carolina's Cam Ward, Boston's Zane McIntyre and Colorado's Spencer Martin. Toronto's Fredrik Andersen, Vancouver's Jacob Markstrom and Florida's James Reimer extended their deals. Bauer's other top goalies are the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist, Los Angeles' Peter Budaj and Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk.

"For years, Bauer has partnered with the very best hockey players from around the world and with our recent advancements and innovation in the goal category, we are seeing more and more goalies join our roster of top athletes and choose Bauer for their equipment needs," said Bauer VP of marketing Mary-Kay Messier. "The feedabck from elite goalies on both the Supreme and Vapor pads has been incredible and we are excited for the future of Bauer Goal."

Changes Atop United States and Canada Hockey Organizations

(Jan. 16, 2017) - USA Hockey and Hockey Canada will undergo changes at the top levels of their organizations this summer. USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean announced his retirement on August 1 and Scott Smith will take over as Hockey Canada president July 1.

Ogrean was USA Hockey executive director since 2005 and also from 1993-99. During his tenure, U.S. teams captured 55 international medals (28 gold) and the number of players within USA Hockey more than doubled. The organization also created the American Development Model, established the National Team Development Program and constructed a new two-story national office complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Ogrean will remain with USA Hockey as an advisor and president Jim Smith hopes to have a replacement in time for USA Hockey's Annual Congress on June 7-10 in Colorado Springs.

"We've had someone in Dave Ogrean who has helped establish USA Hockey as truly one of the preeminent national governing bodies in America during his time as executive director," Smith said in a statement.

Scott Smith has been with Hockey Canada since 1995 and was named Chief Operating Officer in 2007. He replaces Tom Renney, who will stay on as CEO.

"I want to play a role in trying to make sure we maintain our dominant position on the ice," Smith said in a CBC News interview, "and I also want to do everything I can to attract more participants to play hockey on an annual basis."

Smith said the most important goal is to get more people playing. He also hopes to get Hockey Canada programs for coaches and officials delivered to more people in those areas.

Let's Play Hockey Expo
March 10-11 in St. Paul 

The 28th annual Let's Play Hockey Expo, the world's largest consumer hockey trade show, will be held March 10-11 at the St. Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Expo has attracted more than 40,000 fans as it is held during the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament in the adjacent Xcel Energy Center.

The Expo features a wide range of exhibits from major manufacturers to smaller entrepreneurs trying to break into the marketplace. Hockey legends such as Gordie Howe, Guy Lafleur and Bobby Hull have appeared at the show.

This year's Let's Play Hockey Expo will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, March 10 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. For more information, click here to go to the Let's Play Hockey website or call (320) 333-3279.

CCM "Four-Peat" as Source for Sports Vendor of the Year

(Nov. 15, 2016) - CCM received the Source for Sports "Vendor of the Year" award for the fourth consecutive year at its annual hockey buying show in November in Niagara Falls, Canada. The award recognizes the vendor who does the best job of working with all of the Source for Sports members on customer service and product innovation.

"It is an excellent honor for CCM to win SDC Vendor of the Year from such an important group to our business and to the sport of hockey," said Sean Williams, the Vice President of Marketing for CCM. "This award makes us proud and is an strong indication that our employees are doing good things and representing the great hockey brand of CCM very well." 

Williams, right, receives the Vendor of the Year award from SDC President Brad Hause.