December 2014


Pad Wrap Helps Players Change Equipment After Changing Teams



Brian Anderson was a goalie who was constantly experimenting with ways to customize his pads and gloves when he jumped from one team to another. Leather dyes and colored tape were just a couple of the ways Anderson tried to make it work.

Then Anderson decided to improve on the concept of pressure-sensitive synthetic leather by finding an adhesive that would hold up regardless of how much abuse it took. Anderson developed Pad Wrap, which offers custom-cut designs and embroidery, a blocker kit, nylon wrap and much more.

Anderson says Pad Wrap, which is manufactured and marketed by Philly Sports Customs LLC in Valley Forge, Pa.,  is the most customizable product on the market. He is continually developing variations of the product that allow imaginations to run wild.


Ten NHL teams, including the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, use Pad Wrap. Goalies such as the Bruins' Tuukka Rask and veteran Ilya Bryzgalov also use Pad Wrap.

Retailers and others can learn more about HDA member Pad Wrap by clicking here or contact Brian Anderson at



NHL Tests Advanced Systems for Game Analysis and Player Tracking


Some observers believe hockey has lagged behind baseball and football when it comes to the use of technology in professional sports. But a new era of "technolohockey" appears to be coming to help players, coaches and fans.


The NHL is currently testing advanced game-analysis and player-tracking systems. They operate through cameras in the arenas and gather information on stats and plays, which allows for monitoring of player and puck movements. These make the game easier to understand for fans, players and coaches.


According to Sports Illustrated, several teams were using iPads last season during playoffs, taking advantage of apps, like the iBench, to track plays in real-time through local video feeds. 


The next step in the evolution of hockey helmets may be a revolutionary headband and mouthguard system, which has been tested in football the last few years. It assesses impact and gives real-time information on concussions.


The experience for fans has also been enhanced through television broadcast technology. Sportvision, the innovator of the televised football yellow first down lines, and SportVU are developing technologies with advanced game analysis for coaches and viewers.


Click here to read the full SportTechie story.



Guide for Hockey Sticks

Modern manufacturers have developed several lines of hockey sticks with different strengths and price points for all consumers. The New England Hockey Journal has produced its Buyer's Guide for Hockey Sticks and for the buyer, it's about finding the stick that's right for them.


"I would suggest flex is one of the most important features to consider when purchasing a new stick. I have spent a lot of time in the rink with new players who are using a flex that is too strong for them," said Dan Hanley, men's assistant product manager at STX, for the New England Hockey Journal Buyer's Guide on hockey sticks. "Another key piece the player should consider is the level of stick."


Click here to check out the NEHJ Hockey Sticks Guide.
You can also click here  to check out the NEHJ Helmet Guide.

Keeping the Germs Out of Dressing Rooms

Keeping illness-spreading germs out of hockey dressing rooms and hockey equipment is not easy. NHL stars such as Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Anaheim's Corey Perry and Minnesota's Ryan Suter missed time because of the mumps.


Greg Mayer, the athletic trainer for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, recently shared six tips to keep youth players healthy with the CBC Network in Saskatchewan.

  • Use antibacterial spray on equipment throughout the season. There are products available at sporting goods stores specifically for hockey equipment.
  • Wash elbow pads, shoulder pads and gloves in hot, soapy water a few times during the season and be sure to let them air dry.
  • If a hockey team can afford it, purchase an Ozonator to disinfect a dressing room with UV light.
  • Make sure kids was their hands, sneeze into their elbow and don't share water bottles.
  • Make sure kids get enough sleep and rest so they don't get run down.
  • Provide players with antibacterial gel to use any time.

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In December of 1982, the Hartford Whalers and Philadelphia Flyers met in what was billed as the first "all-Cooperall" game in a story by Sportsnet of Canada. It was the first time where both teams wore full-length hockey pants in a regular-season NHL game.


The Flyers wore the pants manufactured by Cooper in 1981 but when this game was played both teams were wearing a version called "CCM Pro Guards." The full-length pants were outlawed after the 1982-83 season because players who hit the ice when they were wearing them had little chance to slow down and stop from sliding into the boards on the windbreaker-type material.

Click here to see highlights from the "all-Cooperall" game.


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Chuck Suritz

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In This Issue
MANUFACTURER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Pad Wrap Helps Players Change Equipment After Changing Teams
TECHNOLOGY CORNER: NHL Tests Advanced Systems for Game Analysis and Player Tracking
ON THE ICE: Guide for Hockey Sticks
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 Innovators will always play a vital role in the Sporting Goods Industry. Top athletes always look for the best and the newest in equipment, nutrition, apparel and footwear to enhance their chances for success.


Technology is constantly changing the retail industry as well. Sellers want innovative technology that will make them more efficient and effective.


The challenge sporting goods and technology innovators face is turning their dream into a product consumers and retailers really want. How do they get that big break to find the right audience and get the visibility they need?


The answer is the National Sporting Goods Association's inaugural NSGA INNOVATIONS ARENA, which will be held in conjunction with the 51st Annual NSGA Management Conference and 17th Annual Team Dealer Summit May 3-6, 2015 in Austin, Texas.


If it's a new company, or an existing company with a new product, the NSGA INNOVATIONS ARENA is a chance to gain valuable exposure with some of the top executives from the retail side of the Sporting Goods Industry. There will be a section for new sporting goods products and a section for new retail technology.


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Did you know?

Hall of Fame goaltender Emile "The Cat" Francis developed the goal glove in the mid-1940s from a first baseman's mitt. The innovation was initially met with controversy when Francis first used it in a game with the Chicago Blackhawks but NHL President Clarence Campbell gave the OK for Francis and other goalies to use the glove.
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