August 2015


Fischer Skis Targets U.S. Hockey Market

Fischer Skis US LLC announced this week it restructured its leadership to be in a better position for success in the U.S. hockey and ski markets.

Fischer hired Bernhard Harbec as a strategic consultant to develop its Hockey Division and establish the brand in the U.S. hockey market. Harbec was recently Sherwood's VP of Sales and brings a lot of experience and connections in the hockey industry to Fischer, which has manufactured hockey sticks for decades with distribution in Europe.

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CCM Helps High School Goalie Who Lost Equipment in Fire

ccmlogo Akiel Fogoe's family lost everything in a fire this summer in their New Jersey home. The 17-year-old Fogoe had just saved hundreds of dollars to buy new skates that were lost in the fire along with the rest of his gear, which forced him to cancel plans to attend a goalie camp.
A plea by the camp's director on Facebook to help Fogoe put CCM and the New Jersey Devils into action. They delivered new equipment for Fogoe to participate in the camp. His family was also invited to the Prudential Center, where Fogoe got use Devils' goalie Cory Schneider's skates and play on the ice.
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WeeTect Launches New Hockey Helmet Visor Testing Lab

WeeTect has inaugurated a hockey helmet visor testing lab that will try to improve safety in the sport. WeeTect, which is located in China, has been developing eye and face protection products since 1993.


According to recent statistics released by WeeTect, it was established there were about 40,000 eye-related sports injuries every year and 90 percent of them could have been prevented. The study showed one-third of the victims were children. WeeTect's goal with its new visor testing lab is to prevent many injuries by making sure high-quality helmets are fitted properly with appropriate visors.


Click here to read more about WeeTect's new testing lab.


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Perani's Becomes Official Presenting Sponsor of OHL's Flint Firebirds 


U.S. Olympic Hero Jim Craig Selling
Gold Medal Mementos
Jim Craig, the goalie of the gold-medal 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, is putting memorabilia up for sale. The asking price for "The Jim Craig 'Miracle on Ice' Collection" was $5.7 million for 19 items, including the American flag Craig wrapped around his shoulders after the gold medal victory in the Lake Placid Winter Games.
Craig's gold medal was valued between $1.5 million and $2 million and the flag was valued between $1 million and $1.5 million. Craig decided to sell the items to give his children and grandchildren financial security. He has loaned his Olympic items to museums and other venues for fans to see and hopes that will be continued by whoever purchases the items.
The only mask Craig wore during the Winter Games and his goalie equipment, skates and sticks are also up for auction. Mike Eruzione, who scored the game-winning goal in the memorable semifinal victory over the Soviet Union, also sold several items two years ago.
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Nashville Predators Annual
Used Equipment Sale A Big Hit

The Nashville Predators' annual Used Equipment Sale in mid-July was once again a big hit for the team and its fans as well as collectors and hockey players. It gives the NHL franchise a chance to clear out all types of equipment - including skates, sticks and practice jerseys - and make room for new gear for next season.

"It's a cool opportunity for fans to get some of the equipment that the team uses during the year," Predators Head Equipment Manager Pete Rogers told last week prior to the sale. "We give the fans a special opportunity to wear an actual piece of equipment that's game used, and for a decent price too, usually less than the original price of the item. It's a great way of the team to give back to the fans."

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2015 Business of Ice Hockey Report
Now Available




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In This Issue
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Hockey Collaboration

The collaboration for the purchase of hockey equipment by U.S. hockey dealers between the HDA and National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) and SDC (Sports Distributors of Canada) continues to grow as it enters its third year.


Click here to learn more about how the collaboration works and to fill out an inquiry form to start the process. Members of the collaboration take advantage of access to various products and discounts to help their bottom line.


There is no obligation to complete the form. Criteria used by SDC to determine participation may include a minimum sales volume of $200,000 in annual wholesale hockey products, credit rating, proximity to existing members and meeting certain store standards.


Don't delay and inquire today! 


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. 

Read the topline results.

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?
In 2014-15, 50.8 percent of NHL players were from Canada and 24.2 percent were from the U.S., according to In 1974-75, it was 90.6 percent from Canada and 7 percent from the U.S.

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