December 2012
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A Division of the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA)




HDA New Products Digest is out!
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Looking for some of the latest new products and innovations on the hockey market? The Hockey Dealers Association has put together its second New Products Digest with photos, 
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descriptions of products, shockdr11information on prices where available and links to company websites for more information.
We will update the digest periodically as we receive more news and information on products. Please send your info and any other thoughts or ideas to us at
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Click here to view the updated
                              New Products Digest. 

NSGA joins PHIT America on Members'


In an effort to help move the needle in educating Americans about the importance of sports participation and the sedentary crisis in the United States, NSGA has joined the PHIT America coalition on our members' behalf to help spread the word through social media.


PHIT America, which will officially launch in January, is an important step in helping to encourage increased sports participation, which will benefit Americans by making them healthier and create additional consumers to shop in our member stores. Messages will be shared regularly with NSGA, which the association will share with you and encourage you to push through your social media channels to create awareness of the sedentary crisis and provide potential solutions.


The association joined on your company's behalf to help take any financial commitment away from you.To help spread the word, please provide the contact information of your company's social media manager to NSGA's Director of Marketing & Communications, Bruce Hammond, by emailing or calling 847-296-6742.


2013 Management Conference offers benefits

to small retailers


For its 2013 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, NSGA has developed an outstanding set of educational topics to supplement the networking opportunities with leaders from across the sporting goods industry. The event will feature a number of topics that will be applicable to HDA members, including those below:


Changing the Rules: Top 10 Ways to Officiate Spending Within the Store Environment featuring Matt Pitts, Chief Operating Officer, SMS Assist


Asset Based Management featuring Sam Yourd, Vice President of Marketing for the Motorsports division of Commercial Distribution Finance, a business of GE Capital Solutions


Are You a Genius or a Genius Maker? featuring Liz Wiseman, President, The Wiseman Group and Author, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter


How to Fascinate featuring speaker and author Sally Hogshead


And to help defray the costs of attending the event for small businesses, NSGA and manufacturers in the industry provide scholarships that cover registration and three nights' hotel. For more information and to fill out the scholarship application form, please visit


More information generally on the NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, including the full schedule, may be found by visiting




Small business issues with Amazon


Some small-business owners have found the short-term gains from early exposure with Amazon turned out to be a long-term pain. A story at titled How Amazon Exploits Small Online Retailers discusses some of the problems sellers have encountered once they tried to leave Amazon.


Click here to read more about FGL Sports' purchase of Pro Hockey Life, which has 23 high-end hockey stores in Canada.


Click here to read a Forbes' magazine article regarding helmets made by Reebok-CCM and Bauer. 


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Pittsburgh Penguins launch program

promoting youth hockey  



PensFIT is a three-year initiative designed to introduce children to the sport of hockey and facilitate physical activity by providing elementary and middle schools with complete sets of floor hockey equipment. Click here to read more.


Click here for more about Perani's Hockey World and its push into the lacrosse market.


Click here to read about the effect the NHL lockout is having on an Ontario-based retailer.


Click here to read about how fans and media are getting involved in a virtual Montreal Canadiens season using the EA Sports NHL 13 video.


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SEE YOU IN 2013!


Happy Holidays from HDA!


Here is hoping all of you have a happy and prosperous holiday season and we look forward to continuing to provide you with industry news, information and research and any other help we can provide in 2013.




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Marty Maciaszek                                         Chuck Suritz                    



In This Issue
New Products Digest is out
NSGA joins PHIT America
2013 Management Conference offers benefits to small retailers
Small business issues with Amazon
Penguins launch program promoting youth hockey
Happy Holidays from HDA
Did you know?
NHL clubs were given the right to place advertisements on rink boards for the 1978-79 season and the first ones appeared in 1980.

49th Annual NSGA Management Conference & 15th Annual Team Dealer Summit

It's a great opportunity to meet leaders in the sporting goods industry May 5-8, 2013 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The keynote speaker will be legendary Duke University and U.S. Olympic men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.


There are a variety of informational seminars and speakers. For more details and updates on the conference go to


We want your news!

We want to stay on top of the latest industry news and information, so if you have something to share please send an email to Marty Maciaszek. 


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Phone:(800) 815-5422 ext. 126.


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