July 2015
2015 Business of Ice Hockey Report
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Total Hockey Acquires
Players Bench

Total Hockey made big news with the acquisition of Players Bench in late June. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close over the next six months, weren't immediately disclosed.


It's the first acquisition for Total Hockey, which has 24 stores across the country, since it was founded by Michael Benoit, the company's president and CEO, in 1999.


The deal with Players Bench adds a handful of key markets - eight stores in Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Madison, Wisconsin; and Salt Lake City - to Total Hockey's footprint. Total Hockey already has stores in Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Washington D.C.


The Players Bench stores will be rebranded as Total Hockey or Total Lacrosse. Click here to to read more.


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Bauer Occupies Fulfillment Center

in Suburban Chicago


Bauer announced it will occupy a new 250,000-square foot fulfillment center in the Chicago suburb of Romeoville. This will support Bauer Hockey's needs and product expansion opportunities.


The facility is owned by OHL, a top third-party logistics provider. OHL has also operated an 80,000-square foot fulfillment center for Easton baseball and softball in Memphis since 2010. Easton and Bauer Hockey are subsidiaries of Performance Sports Group, Ltd.


OHL will also begin fulfillment operations for Maverik Lacrosse later this summer. 





Hockey Dad, Engineer Develops Alternative to Hockey Tape


Lee Wright's frustration with hockey tape lasting only a couple of games for sticks led to his creation of Sniper Skin, a lightweight plastic sleeve that slides onto a hockey stick and shrinks instantly when it is run under hot water.


Wright said Sniper Skin can stay on for an entire season without a need for a replacement. Wright has sold more than 100 grips at $15.99 since opening an online store at sniperskin.ca. Grips have also been created for baseball bats and lacrosse sticks.


Click here to read more.


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Current, Former NHL Stars Hold Fundraising Event Friday


The NHL Players' Association Community Celebration is Friday at Kalamalka Beach in British Columbia. The family-friendly event is a fundraiser for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and includes a donation of hockey equipment.


Fans will be able to collect player autographs, play beach volleyball and do standup paddleboarding. More than 20 current or former NHL players - including broadcaster and emcee Kelly Hrudey - will participate.


The donation of hockey equipment from the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund will go to local grassroots hockey programs.


Click here to read more.


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In This Issue
NSGA Research Now Available!

NSGA recently released the 2015 Editions of its Sports Participation and Sporting Goods Market reports - must-have documents for any organization looking for key insights into the Sporting Goods Industry. 


For more than 30 years, NSGA has been the Industry's leader in providing reliable research and information to sporting goods executives. 

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How many sporting goods shoppers visit a physical store prior to purchasing a product? What about the technology-savvy Millennial generation? 


Find out the answers to these questions and get an overview of the topics covered in NSGA's first-ever sporting goods shopper insight study by clicking here.


Did you know?
The Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara, who stands 6-feet-9, but is 7 feet on skates, uses a stick that is 65 inches long. That is two inches more than the limit but players 6-6 or taller can get a waiver from the rule.
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