Buffalo and Pittsburgh to Use 'Wood Sticks' and Retro Skates In Outdoor
Game; Proceeds to benefit NHLPA'S Goals & Dreams Fund
BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. 31 /CNW/ -- Several members of the Pittsburgh
Penguins and Buffalo Sabres will be going 'back in time' to raise money for
the future players of the game when the teams take to the outdoor ice on
January 1 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Nike Bauer Hockey has designed retro skates and sticks for several
members of both teams, including Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal,
Brooks Orpik, Sergei Gonchar and Adam Hall; and Buffalo's Paul Gaustad, Henrik
Tallinder, Toni Lydman and Drew Stafford. The players are expected to wear the
skates and use the sticks for this one-time event before the equipment is
officially retired following the game. Players will also autograph additional
retro skates and sticks, which will be auctioned off at a later date.
The proceeds of the auction will benefit the National Hockey League
Players' Association's Goals & Dreams fund's efforts in Pittsburgh and
Buffalo. Launched in 1999 as a way for the players to give something back to
the game they love, Goals & Dreams has donated complete sets of equipment to
more than 8,000 underprivileged kids in 17 countries. In addition to the
proceeds of the auction, Nike Bauer Hockey is celebrating the outdoor event
and the New Year by donating 108 sets of head-to-toe equipment including
skates, helmets, sticks, gloves and under-protective gear in players names to
the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund.
"This unique outdoor event provides us with an opportunity to honor the
history and tradition of the game while also doing our part to help grow the
sport," said Mark Duggan, President and CEO, Nike Bauer Hockey. "As a company,
we are committed to growing the game and by partnering with the NHLPA Goals &
Dreams fund, we are providing resources to kids who may not otherwise have an
opportunity to play hockey."
The skates designed by Nike Bauer Hockey are replicas of Bauer skates
first introduced in 1968. While the skates have the look of the historic Bauer
Supreme 89 and Bauer Supreme 91 skates from 1968 -- with brown and black
leather -- the skate has the same high-end technical features and
characteristics of today's Nike Bauer Vapor XXXX and Nike Bauer Supreme One90
skates. The sticks that will be used during the game are wood finished Nike
Bauer Vapor XXXX and Nike Bauer Supreme One90 sticks.
"We're pleased that Nike Bauer approached us with this idea, because it's
a unique way for the players, the NHLPA and Nike Bauer to give back to the
game," said Devin Smith, Chairman of the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund. "It will
be an exciting event and it will be great to see players wearing the old-style
looking skates and sticks that so many players used when they first took to
the frozen lakes and ponds."
For more information on how to bid on the auctioned skates and sticks,
visit http://www.nikebauer.com/blog or http://www.nhlpa.com
For further information:
For further information: Steve Jones of Nike Bauer Hockey,
+1-603-430-2111, Cell, +1-603-303-0629, Steven.firstname.lastname@example.org