Oneco, FL (PRWEB) October 27, 2004
FinnStar Hockey has had a very busy summer reports Evan J. Andriopoulos, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for FinnStar Hockey. Besides announcing in July a preferred partner agreement with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) for 2004-05, FinnStar has forged strategic alliances with hockey leagues, hockey teams, and with sporting goods retailers in several states, particularly Minnesota Hockey, the governing body for amateur hockey for which FinnStar is a proud supplier and supporter of.
ÂThe team at FinnStar Hockey is thrilled to partner with these top retailers, distributors, professional leagues and associations,Â said Andriopoulos. ÂWe consider each league, association, distributor and retailer not just a new ÂpartnerÂ but a member of our family, the ÂFinnStar Family,ÂÂ said Andriopoulos. ÂWe pride ourselves on having not only innovative and more functional products, but on service and open dialogue with our family members, which is one of the keys to our success.Â
FinnStarÂs SockJawzTM and Octopus Carry-AllTM have received endorsements from some of Scandinavia`s top professional hockey teams. Among them is the Elite Series Professional club A.I.K. of Sweden. FinnStarÂs SockJawz, Octopus Cary-All, and other products can be purchased online at http://www.finnstarhockey.com .
Praise for FinnStarÂs innovative sports garter belt and coachÂs bag has also appeared online and in print in product reviews from Brian McDonough, a hockey enthusiast. Similarly, FinnStar`s SockJawz Garter Belt was reviewed favorably by leading product review sites such as Hockey Equipment Expert.com, Ska8ers.com and Epuck.com.
Butch Jones, Manager of Wesco in Connecticut, one of the Eastern United StatesÂ leading dealers of ice hockey equipment, joined FinnStarÂs family in July. ÂI'm using the Sockjawz myself,Â says Jones. ÂAnd IÂve sold them ever since using it! I'll never go back to the Âold schoolÂ garter belt. Why would I? And the Octopus bag is simply great. More compartments than I could ever think of. It's the ultimate coach's bag!"
Epuck.com, a leading Louisiana based online retailer specializing in hockey equipment, joined the FinnStar Family this summer as a new dealer of FinnStar products. Says Kevin Marcilissen, General Manager of Epuck, "SockJawz allows us to offer our customer a better alternative to the sea of ÂcloneÂ garters that are out there--a better product that is unique from what the competition offers."
In addition to major pro shops and retailers like JerryÂs Pro Shops (Illinois), Better Hockey (Maine), and BeaudinÂs Hockey Zone stores (Florida), several new additions to the FinnStar Family are RJ Holdings (Canada), Total Hockey (Missouri), Wesco (Connecticut), BlueLine (Connecticut), and Epuck.com (Louisiana), Top Shelf Sports (Pennsylvania) and Ice Warehouse (California). Andriopoulos adds, ÂWeÂre thrilled to have these major new retailers. ItÂs quite an endorsement to have Wesco and BlueLine, two of the East CoastÂs largest retailers. Plus our newest reseller Top Shelf Sports represents 70 retailers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, & Maryland, including the Philadelphia and Hershey, PA metro areas which are hockey hotbeds.Â
Andriopoulos also points out that FinnStar has received in recent months a great deal of interest from several dealers, buyers and agents in the USA, Canada and Europe. ÂWeÂve also received considerable interest from Professional and Minor League teams, as well as Division 1 Colleges in regard to supplying several menÂs and womenÂs teams with our product line,Â said Andriopoulos. He noted that additional agreements are in negotiations with another professional league with more than 14 teams in the U.S.
FinnStar Hockey Inc. and its hockey related products will receive league-wide exposure through ECHL media and promotional materials and on the official web site of the ECHL at http://www.echl.com. ÂThe ECHL places exciting teams on the ice at affordable prices and brings fan interaction and enjoyment to a new level. WeÂre very happy to partner with ECHL,Â said Terry Vayda, President and CEO, FinnStar Hockey.
ÂFinnStar HockeyÂs mission is to create products and services for athletes to enhance their ability to enjoy playing,Â adds Vayda. Founded in 1995 and based in Oneco, Florida and Oslo, Norway, FinnStar Hockey has a management team comprised of hockey players and coaches who have first-hand knowledge of their products.
For more information about FinnStar Hockey, its product line, or how to join the FinnStar Family, call (941) 752-7322 or visit their website at http://www.finnstarhockey.com .
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