With 2012–13 Season Concluded, Bauer Maintains Top Position in All Categories
Bauer Hockey, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of ice hockey equipment, continues to be the No. 1 brand of choice by players in the National Hockey League, according to a league-wide assessment report of active rosters conducted by the company.
In the five major player equipment categories of skates, sticks, helmets, gloves and pants, BAUER is overwhelmingly the top brand demanded and worn by the world's most elite players. Bauer's dominant position includes 71 percent of skates, 41 percent of helmets, 34 percent of sticks, 36 percent of gloves and 37 percent of pants.
In addition to Bauer's commanding lead in these major product categories, Bauer sticks are also used by four of the top five goal scorers in the league, including Alex Ovechkin (32 goals) and Steven Stamkos (29 goals).
"We're proud to continue to be the No. 1 brand of choice by players in the NHL in every product category, including the stick category which continues to be a growth area for us," said Kevin Davis, President and CEO of Bauer Performance Sports. "With a shortened season, every game matters that much more, and our No. 1 position is a testament to our high-performance products and the trust players have in our brand."
ABOUT BAUER HOCKEY Bauer Hockey is the world's most recognized designer, marketer and manufacturer of hockey equipment. Founded in Kitchener, Ontario in 1927, Bauer Hockey developed the first skate with a blade attached to a boot, forever changing the game of hockey. Since then, Bauer Hockey has continued to develop the most sought after products in the industry, including the widely successful SUPREME®, VAPOR® and NEXUS® lines of products. Bauer Performance Sports Ltd., the parent company of Bauer Hockey, is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange whose affiliates market products under the BAUER, MISSION, MAVERIK, CASCADE and INARIA brand names. For more information, visit Bauer Hockey's website at www.BAUER.com.
Tory Mazzola Global Communications Manager Bauer Hockey Phone: 603-430-2111 firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Alex Ovechkin on winning this years Maurice "Rocket" Richard trophy as the league's top goal scorer!
Ovechkin had a league leading 32 goals this season to go along with 24 assists for a team high 56 points. Ovechkin is the first player in NHL history to win the Rocket Richard trophy three times.
Growing up in Ontario, in the small town of Thunder Bay, the Staal family never imagined a day like yesterday was possible.
"It's like a dream come true," said the boy's father, Henry Staal.
On Thursday night, Jared Staal, the youngest of the brothers, made his NHL debut with the Carolina Hurricanes and started the game on the same line as his older brothers, Eric and Jordan.
"It was kind of surreal," Jared Staal said.
It is just the fourth time in NHL history three brothers played for the same team at the same time, and the first time in 28 years. Marc Staal, the second oldest of the brothers, also plays for the New York Rangers.
For an inside look at the brothers' childhood and how they grew up, check out this video of their backyard rink where countless hours were spent and memories were made.
Eric, Jordan, Jared and the Hurricanes will hit the ice again on Saturday night when they take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
We're just a week away from the launch of BAUER's newest gear!
The new VAPOR line of skates, the SUPREME line of protective and the REACTOR goal series are a few of the new products that will be in stores next Thursday! Own The Moment.
Leading Composite Technologies to Strengthen and Expand Multi-Brand Sports Portfolio
EXETER, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Combat Sports ("Combat"), a leading designer of composite baseball and softball bats, hockey sticks and lacrosse shafts. The acquisition will provide Bauer with advanced composite technologies and strong intellectual property to further strengthen its industry-leading research and development capabilities across its platform of high-performing sports equipment.
"Combat Sports has a history of success in delivering innovative composite technologies to the sporting goods industry, and we are excited to add their knowledge and expertise to Bauer Performance Sports," said Kevin Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bauer. "In addition to their experience in the ever-evolving composites industry, Combat has had significant success with certain baseball and softball products, and we look forward to building their brand and expanding their portfolio of products in the future."
Bauer plans to explore and combine relevant composite technologies where applicable to strengthen its overall hockey stick and lacrosse offerings under the BAUER and MAVERIK brands. Combat and several of the company's key employees have had a long history of expertise in composite materials, including developing innovative products for NASA, the U.S. Military and several leading manufacturers. By focusing resources in the areas of Combat's success - baseball, softball and advanced composite technologies - Bauer expects to strengthen the COMBAT brand and grow its overall portfolio of high-performing products.
The acquisition of Combat will be funded from cash on hand and is expected to be accretive in the first year of operation. Bauer anticipates the acquisition to close in the coming weeks, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and certain other approvals.
"Our expectation is that Canadian-based Combat will remain in its current Ottawa, Ontario and Kent, Washington locations, and we intend to continue manufacturing in Canada," Davis said. "In addition, we fully expect that Combat's previous leadership team and many key employees will be employed by the company after the closing of the transaction."
ABOUT BAUER PERFORMANCE SPORTS LTD.
Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. (TSX:BAU) is a leading developer and manufacturer of ice hockey, roller hockey and lacrosse equipment as well as related apparel. The company has the most recognized and strongest brand in the ice hockey equipment industry, and holds the top market share position in both ice and roller hockey. Its products are marketed under the BAUER, MISSION, MAVERIK, CASCADE and INARIA brand names and are distributed by sales representatives and independent distributors throughout the world. Bauer Performance Sports is focused on building its leadership position and growing market share in all product categories through continued innovation at every level. For more information, visit www.bauerperformancesports.com.
ABOUT COMBAT SPORTS
Combat Sports has been supplying composite and hybrid composite products for both its own brand as well as for high-end brand name companies since 1998 in the baseball/softball bat, hockey stick and lacrosse shaft markets. Combat has a reputation for its premier and innovative composite technology with the latest composite advancements in performance and durability serving players from the grassroots level to the elite professional levels.
Congratulations to Alex Ovechkin, Brian Elliott and Henrik Lundqvist on being named the NHL's Stars of the Week.
Ovechkin, who was named the first star, had seven goals and nine points in the Capitals four games. Ovechkin is tied for the league lead in goals with 26.
As the second star of the week, Elliott posted a 3-0-0 record, 1.45 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage.
Finally, Lundqvist had a 3-0-1 record with a 1.22 goals-against average and a .962 save percentage.