Archives for June 2012

Gear News: Maverik Lacrosse adds Boston face-off specialist Eck to its team

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 6/28/12
From Press Release

Maverik Lacrosse today announced that Boston face-off specialist Chris Eck is the newest addition to its growing roster of elite lacrosse athlete representatives. Eck will be joining Billy Bitter, John Christmas, Peet Poillon, Jovan Miller, Joe Cinosky, Drew Adams, Dan Hardy and Kyle Sweeney as Maverik’s team of representatives crisscross the country to grow the game of lacrosse on a national scale.

Chris Eck

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“We are very fortunate to have Eck join our team and are looking forward to have him represent our company at clinics and tournaments across the country,” said John Gagliardi, President and founder of Maverik Lacrosse. “He is someone players of all ages can look up to and learn a lot from both on and off the field.”

Eck was drafted in the fourth round of Major League Lacrosse’s 2008 collegiate draft by the Boston Cannons and was the second overall face-off man taken. Since joining the Cannons, Chris has tallied an impressive list of accomplishments including being voted the most improved player in 2009, having the second best overall face-off percentage in 2010 and dominating the face-off X in 2011 to lead the league. Chris is also a 3-time MLL All-Star and in 2011 was named an All-Pro. Collegiately, Chris had a storied career including being named an All Patriot League player three times and helping Colgate win its first ever Patriot League championship and its first ever NCAA birth.

“I am honored to be joining Maverik and am looking forward to working with both John and Kyle, two players I have the deepest respect for,” said Eck. “It is not every day that you get the opportunity to join a company that is as passionate about its products as it is about growing the sport of lacrosse.”

Gear news: Bauer to purchase Cascade Helmets

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 6/13/12
From Press Release

Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. (TSX:BAU) (“BAUER”) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cascade Helmets Holdings, Inc. (“Cascade”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of men’s and youth lacrosse helmets in North America (the “Acquisition”), for a purchase price of US$64 million, payable in cash and subject to adjustment. The Acquisition is expected to close on or about June 29, 2012, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

Strategic Rationale:

Cascade is the leading designer, developer, manufacturer and marketer of lacrosse helmets and eyewear in North America, and is a leading and well-recognized brand in the broader lacrosse equipment industry. In addition to Cascade’s lacrosse business, the acquisition also includes Cascade’s recently-established hockey helmet business, which has experienced success in the industry with its M11 helmet, which was co-developed with hockey icon Mark Messier. Cascade designs and manufactures all of its products at its operations in Liverpool, NY, which allows it to provide 48-hour turnaround time for custom helmet orders and over 750,000 different color combinations.

One of BAUER’s key growth strategies is to pursue acquisitions of complementary sports equipment companies that require innovative performance products, feature authentic brands, and are or have the potential to become leaders in their categories. The Acquisition of Cascade by BAUER expands BAUER’s presence in the lacrosse equipment industry, adding the industry’s premier line of helmets to the Maverik family of sticks, heads, shafts and protective gear. The transaction also provides an attractive opportunity to leverage BAUER’s commitment to product development and safety, realize attractive cross-selling opportunities, and achieve cost synergies. BAUER intends to leverage Cascade’s patented head-protection technologies and extend and build upon its partnership with Mark Messier to improve player safety through product developments, education and awareness initiatives. BAUER also plans to continue Cascade’s custom manufacturing capabilities for lacrosse and hockey helmets and expects to expand manufacturing at its facility to include BAUER-branded hockey helmets.

“The acquisition of Cascade increases our presence in North America’s fastest growing team sport, and allows us to expand our product offering in our core hockey business through the use of Cascade’s proprietary helmet technology and manufacturing capabilities,” said Kevin Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bauer Performance Sports. “We are very pleased with the similarities in corporate culture and will continue our focus on delivering innovative products which increase player safety and performance. I would like to welcome the Cascade team to the BAUER family.”

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 Hockey, Mission Roller Hockey and Maverik Lacrosse 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.

Longstreth donates to Philly girls’ teams at National Tournament

LaxGearZone.com, Posted 6/13/12

The Pennsylvania Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association wishes to extend a thank you to Longstreth Sporting Good for its financial support in helping defray costs for the uniforms used at the recent US Lacrosse National Tournament at Stony Brook.

Longstreth, the official sponsor of Girls’ Recruits for Phillylacrosse.com, outfitted all four Philly teams at the National Tournament. Longstreth Owner Dave Dahle coordinated with PASLA to furnish Hot Pink, Navy and White discounted sublimated jerseys for this year’s all-stars.

The Philly coaches and players expressed gratitude for the dedication by Mr. Dahle and Longstreth in supporting Philly girls’ lacrosse.