December 2015

CCM Refutes Report of Sale by adidas

ccmlogo A report that adidas is planning to put CCM up for sale in 2016 was refuted by CCM in a letter sent to its retail partners. CCM said a New York Post story's unnamed source is not credible and it is not the message it has been receiving from adidas leadership.

CCM said there is always the possibility of a divestiture occurring, but added it has not received any signals of that being the case and isn't letting the report be a distraction from its current success.

CCM reported it has tripled the brand's sales in the last three years and said its future looks bright with breakthrough products in all of its categories. It also said it has 2016 plans to upgrade IT systems to offer best-in-class service to retail partners, enhance research capabilities to firmly establish CCM as the innovation leader and increase its strong connections in hockey at the professional level, while also producing strong initiatives for youth and junior players.

The New York Post said adidas was unsuccessful in an attempt to sell CCM for $150 million in 2013. 

Report: Former Chairman
May Be Preparing to Buy PSG

Graeme Roustan appears to be gearing up to buy Performance Sports Group, which makes Bauer hockey equipment. According to the New York Post, Roustan, the former chairman of PSG, has bought shares on the open market and doubled his stake in the company to about two percent.

Roustan started and then backed off from a fight to gain a PSG board seat a few months ago. 

"I have always believed in the long-term value proposition of PSG, which is why I have continued to increase my stake in the company," Roustan told The Post. "I will continue to buy shares of PSG to continually increase my ownership stake for the foreseeable future."

Roustan said he will keep all of his options open when he was asked if he was preparing to make an offer to buy PSG.

SDC Member Helps Ontario
Family and Hockey Program 

Soo Source For Sports in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, helped youth hockey players and a family recently struck by tragedy at a fundraising tournament. The 3rd Annual Silver Creek Cup in early December, along with a popular winter golf tournament, has raised more than $30,000 the last three years.

Last summer five local children received new hockey equipment from Soo Source For Sports. This year, the Silver Creek Cup will donate $4,500 to the family of a local player who was paralyzed in an October auto accident. The remaining proceeds will be used next summer for youth players in the area without the financial means to purchase new equipment to be outfitted at Soo Source For Sports.

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Outspoken Don Cherry Pulls No Punches
On Some Key Hockey Issues

Don Cherry's attention-grabbing wardrobe and opinions on hockey have made him one of the most recognizable figures in sports broadcasting. The ex-NHL coach and former professional player hosts the "Coach's Corner" on Hockey Night in Canada.

Cherry recently shared some of his thoughts on the state of the game, including the size of goalie equipment, concussions and fighting, in a recent interview with The Globe and Mail from Toronto. As expected, Cherry doesn't hold back one bit.

Click here for more on the Don Cherry Interview.

The Great One Checks In
On NHL Goal-Scoring

Wayne Gretzky holds the NHL record for points scored in consecutive games with 51 for the 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers. With the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane at 23 (as of Dec. 10), the Chicago Tribune caught up with Gretzky and asked on how the NHL can increase scoring.

"One of the best scenarios that I heard from a friend of mine is to sort of shave the post on the net side so that they're angled more toward the middle of the net," Gretzky told the Tribune. "So if pucks come in and hit the post, more pucks will go in than off the post. I think that's something we should really look at."

27th Annual Let's Play Hockey Expo
Set for March 4-5, 2016 

The 27th Annual Let's Play Hockey Expo is set for March 4-5, 2016 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn. The world's largest consumer hockey trade show has attracted more than 40,000 hockey fans to the free event.

The Let's Play Hockey Expo is held in conjunction with the Minnesota boys state high school hockey tournament at the Xcel Energy Center, which is attached to the RiverCentre and gives fans easy access to the show. Major manufacturers and entrepreneurs get the opportunity to display their unique hockey products to attendees.

Mike Vaughn will also receive the 2016 Bob Perani Lifetime Achievement Award in a presentation on March 4. Vaughn started his goalie equipment company in his garage in 1981 and now 82 percent of all NHL goalies wear a major piece of Vaughn gear that is sold world-wide.

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


Niemi Latest NHL Player to Have Name Spelled Wrong on Jersey 

There was something noticeably wrong with Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi when he came out to warm up for a mid-November game in Buffalo. His last name was spelled incorrectly as Nieme on the back of his jersey.

The Stars training staff did have an extra jersey with the correct spelling before he headed out to start the game. But as Jared Clinton of The Hockey News pointed out, Niemi joined a group of players to suffer a uniform typographical error that includes legendary Wayne Gretzky, Rob Niedermayer and Nicklas Grossmann.

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2015 Business of Ice Hockey Report
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Did you know?

All of the NHL scoring champions from 1939 to 1969 used the Tackaberry hockey boot with the CCM Prolite blade. In 1905, Manitoba shoemaker George Tackaberry developed a custom leather boot with a reinforced toe and heel after he was approached by his neighbor, future Hall of Famer Joe Hall, for a solution to problems with his skates.
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