February 2015


STX Signs Calgary Flames' Jiri Hudler


Calgary Flames center Jiri Hudler signed a multi-year contract in February with STX to use its equipment and represent the Baltimore-based sporting goods company in the National Hockey League.


Hudler, a center for the Flames, was second on the team in points and goals scored at the All-Star break and his strong leadership has helped guide his younger teammates' development.


"I am very excited to partner with STX," said Hudler, who also played for six seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and won a Stanley Cup championship with them in 2007-08. "I was immediately drawn to the company's strong emphasis on product research and technology. I look forward to using STX equipment and representing the brand in the NHL."


As part of Hudler's role with STX, he will compete with Surgeon 500 equipment on the ice and work closely with the company's research ad development team to provide insight and product feedback. 


"Jiri is an accomplished leader in the NHL and we're thrilled to welcome him to the STX family," said Matt Hoppe, Senior Global Brand Manager at STX. "Since first launching our hockey line we have received great feedback from elite athletes and signing a veteran player like Jiri demonstrates our growth and that we are continuing to be a brand of choice for NHL players."





Tentative Agreement Reached
in West Coast Ports Labor Dispute


The Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union announced on Feb. 20 a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West Coast ports. The deal was reached with assistance from U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Deputy Director Scot Beckenbaugh.

The parties did not release details of the agreement. The agreement is subject to ratification by both parties.

"After more than nine months of negotiations, we are pleased to have reached an agreement that is good for workers and for the industry," said PMA President James McKenna and ILWU President Bob McEllrath in a joint statement. "We are also pleased that our ports can now resume full operations."


However, it is expected it will take at least two months to process backlogged cargo and return operations to normal, according to numerous published reports.


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Young Players Get Old-School Equipment Lesson

A group of youth hockey players brought together by Canadian-based TSN's BarDown got a chance to check out some equipment from years past such as goalie gloves and antiquated skates. The kids were somewhat amazed that players were actually able to function in the gear from yesteryear.

The kids also got a look at Soviet Union-era helmets and a Wayne Gretzky board game and had the chance to chew on 25-year-old gum from a pack of O-Pee-Chee hockey cards.


Click here to see the videos from BarDown.


Kick Save Behind the Plate?

Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos is taking a unique approach to protect himself from injury and errant pitches. Chirinos explored using the protective equipment NHL goalies wear instead of traditional catchers gear.


Click here to see the Instagram video by Rangers pitcher Derek Holland with Chirinos wearing a goalie chest protector, glove, blocker pads and mask.


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Here's a look at some different ways organizations and ice rinks are getting more players to participate in hockey:

Youth hockey is booming in Newark, N.J. Click here to find out why.

The San Jose Sharks' success is having a big impact on an adult hockey league at their practice facility. Click here to learn more.

The Anaheim Ducks founded and funded a high school hockey league that now has two teams in San Diego. Click here to read more about the league's growth since 2006.

Click here to learn more about a new foundation's initiative to grow youth hockey in the Detroit area.


Canadian Country Singer to Use Guitar Made From Sher-Wood Hockey Sticks

Canadian country singer Chad Brownlee is incorporating hockey into his upcoming spring tour. Brownlee will be using a custom-made Sher-Wood hockey stick guitar that was unveiled at the Canadian International Auto Show and will be auctioned off after his tour, with all proceeds going to the Tim Hortons Children's Foundation.

Click here to see how the guitar sounds during Brownlee's performance on the TV show Canada AM.


26th Annual Let's Play Hockey Expo Set for March 6-7

The 26th Annual Let's Play Hockey Expo, the largest consumer hockey show in the world, will be held March 6-7 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Expo is held in conjunction with the Minnesota boys' state high school hockey tournament and the free event has attracted as many as 40,000.


The Expo also features interactive games and lacrosse, baseball, softball and sports memorabilia exhibits. Charlie Gualtieri, who has worked for CCM, Blademaster and Sher-Wood, will receive the Bob Perani Lifetime Achievement Award at a reception on March 6.


Click here to learn more about the Let's Play Hockey Expo.





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Chuck Suritz

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Did you know?
Jim Riley is the only athlete to play in the NHL and Major League Baseball. Riley played in nine NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Cougars in 1926-27 and played in six MLB games with the St. Louis Browns and Washington Senators in 1921 and 1923.

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