August 2022
Check Out NSGA/HDA's New Website
The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) is pleased
to unveil its new website. Check out the new Hockey Dealers Association (HDA) landing page where you can find the latest news and information. Enjoy easy access to the annual Hockey Participation Report and other resources.

NSGA Opposes Surtax Which Could Hurt Small Businesses
The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) sent a letter in late July to US Senate leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell urging the Senators to block a proposed business tax which allegedly closes a “loophole” and funds Medicare. NSGA opposes a 3.8% surtax on business income because of the potential damage to small businesses. NSGA urges you to contact your federal elected officials on this issue.

Survey: Inflation Having Substantial Impact on Small Businesses
A National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) survey said more than half of small employers reported inflation is having a substantial impact on their business. The data from the survey included specific costs, absorbing costs, prices and more.

Chinese COVID Policies Lead to Sourcing Shift
The production shift from China to Southeast Asia is accelerating and smaller- and medium-sized businesses are searching for alternative supply chains because of China’s restrictive COVID policies.

No Improvement Seen in Supply Chain Transit Times
“Burned out” railway workers and truckers and a “broken” supply chain are among the reasons cited for continued challenges with the length of transit times for products from Asia.

Superfeet Partners with Materialise
Superfeet announced its partnership with Materialise, a leader in 3D printing solutions. Their partnership plans to deliver advanced motion analysis and 3D printed medical orthotics.

CCM Partners with Augustana University Hockey
CCM Hockey partners with Augustana University men's Hockey to become the official equipment supplier. This will be the first collegiate men's hockey program in South Dakota.

Bauer and OOFOS Team Up for Footwear Collaboration
Bauer Hockey partners up with OOFOS, a leader in active recovery footwear. This innovative product collaboration will aim to enhance hockey athlete recovery using advanced footwear technologies.

Report: Nearly 60 Percent of Retailers at Risk of Shutting Down
Nearly half of small business owners, including 59 percent of retailers, say they are at risk of shutting down by the fall, according to research from Alignable. Reasons include inflation, higher gas prices, supply chain issues and fears of a recession.

The Toronto Maple Leafs' Darryl Sittler scored an NHL record 10 points, 6 goals and 4 assists, against the Boston Bruins in 1976.
Adidas Will Not Renew NHL Uniform and Apparel Deal
Adidas has decided to not renew its deal with the National Hockey League (NHL) to be its official supplier of uniforms and apparel when its agreement expires after the 2023-24 season.

NHL and NHLPA Name New Hydration Partner
BioSteel Sports Nutrition Inc., the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced a new multi-year partnership naming BioSteel the Official Hydration Partner of the NHL and the NHLPA.

Boosting Company Pride Can Be Competitive Advantage
Instilling and boosting pride within a company can make a significant difference in the challenge of retaining your best employees.

Hockey Canada's Governance Review
Hockey Canada will have former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell lead an independent review of the organization’s governance structures and systems.

Hockey Canada's Action Plan to Eliminate Toxic Behavior
Hockey Canada released a comprehensive Action Plan to address systemic issues in hockey and ensure greater safety and inclusiveness in and around Canada’s game.

HDA Thanks These Supporting Members!
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