NHL Unveils Color-Changing Puck in 2019 Winter Classic
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (Dec. 10, 2018) -
PPG and the NHL announced that official game pucks featuring thermochromic coatings supplied by PPG would be used at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium on New Year's Day.
The advanced coatings change from purple to clear when a puck's temperature is above freezing, providing a visual indication to officials that the puck should be replaced. Click here
to read more about the coated pucks that will be tested at NHL tentpole events during the 2018-19 season and see how they will be further evaluated for broader use in the future.
CCM Extends Streak to Six for SDC Supplier of the Year
TORONTO, ONTARIO (November 22, 2018) -
CCM Hockey was honored for the sixth consecutive year as the Source For Sports/Sports Distributors of Canada (SDC) Hockey Supplier of the Year. The award was presented to CCM at a reception during the Source For Sports/SDC Buying Show and Marketing Convention on Nov. 18-21 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
The Supplier of the Year award is voted on by SDC members and factors in attributes such as product innovation, marketing support and customer service and terms. Bill Terski, CCM Director of North American Sales (center), accepts the award from SDC Board Chair Todd Gumbley (left) and SDC President Brad Hause (right).
Shifting Demographics and the Impact on Hockey and the NHL
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 17, 2018) -
The NHL and Congressional Hockey Caucus hosted an event on Oct. 17 to analyze the demographic shifts in the United States and how it will impact the future of the NHL. The National Sporting Goods Association and Hockey Dealers Association was represented at the meeting and you can click here
for a recap and a synopsis of the policy report from the NHL.
Animal Media Produces Third Graphic Hockey Novel for Kids
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (October 21, 2018) -
Howard Shapiro of Animal Media Group, an HDA member, has written Kate's Really Good at Hockey, his third graphic novel about hockey for kids. Shapiro is looking for hockey retailers to work with on sales of his books. Click here
to learn more or contact Shapiro at email@example.com
HDA New Manufacturer Member Spotlight
Here is a look at two manufacturers, Krampade and Sauce Toss, that recently joined the Hockey Dealers Association and are looking for hockey retail partners.
Krampade is a family-owned company with a revolutionary approach for muscle cramps that also enhances muscle performance and recovery. Its powdered drink formulations provide a rapidly absorbable form of dietary potassium which quickly resolve acute cramps and help prevent the onset of cramps.
Top NCAA Division I hockey programs and professional hockey players use Krampade and Hockey Krampade to enhance muscle performance and recovery while helping to prevent and stop cramps. Its product lines were put to the ultimate test during the second half of the University of North Dakota's men's ice hockey's eighth national championship season in 2015-16.
Krampade and Academics Krampade sponsors the American Hockey Coaches' Association's All-American Scholar Program and became the official performance drink of the North American Hockey League in 2017. Krampade is also a corporate sponsor of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's Women's League Final Faceoff.
The basic concept of Sauce Toss is a bean bag toss game for hockey players, using a board, a large net, a smaller net, 8 pucks and hockey sticks (not included). A saucer pass is common in hockey and is used to raise the puck over a defenders' stick or body to a teammate.
Sauce Toss comes from the name "Sauce Pass" and "Bean Bag Toss" and it is the newest in tailgating with the twist to a favorite and skillful hockey pass. It is designed for all ages and can be used by players to hone their hockey skills. It can also be played anywhere - backyard, beach or in a parking lot before games.