ACTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sparx
Hockey, the Massachusetts-based inventors of the Sparx® Skate
Sharpener, announces a new partnership with the National Women’s Hockey
League (NWHL) and financial backing from current NHL player Thomas Vanek.
The Sparx Sharpener is an affordable, automated product that allows
anyone, anywhere, with no prior sharpening experience, to easily sharpen
hockey and figure skates with pro-level accuracy. Over 2,500 customers
in the U.S. and Canada are currently sharpening their skates with Sparx.
Customers include individuals, families, teams, rink operators, and pro
shops. Some of the newest and most exciting Sparx customers are more
than a dozen NHL & AHL franchises. Expansion to markets outside of North
America is currently being planned in response to already high demand
for the Sparx product in Europe and Asia.
Founder and CEO Russ Layton says, “With many players now sharpening with
Sparx, news of our product is beginning to spread, and we are benefiting
from these word-of-mouth referrals. We’re seeing a strong increase in
our sales here in the U.S. and in Canada and we hear from people in
Europe every day who are interested in trying out one of our sharpeners.
Having Thomas Vanek, an Austrian-born NHL superstar currently playing on
the Detroit Red Wings, on board as an investor will provide increased
credibility for our next stage of growth both here and abroad.”
Sparx Hockey was also recently announced as the Official
Skate Sharpening Partner of the NWHL. This league is currently home
to the majority of the United States Olympic Women’s Hockey hopefuls and
boasts alumni from many of the top Division 1 colleges.
Layton added, “Our goal has always been to serve the player via
convenience and ease of use in achieving a great edge for outstanding
skating performance. The ice hockey community is a tight-knit group. We
knew that if we could provide both convenience and performance, that
adoption would happen. Knowing that Sparx is trusted by the top skaters
in the world adds a degree of confidence for many; and for that reason,
we are thrilled to see Sparx being used by pros from both the NHL and
The Sparx Skate Sharpener debuted on Kickstarter in March of 2015 after
years of research, design, and development. The Kickstarter campaign was
fully funded in less than five days, and Sparx Hockey began delivering
product in March of 2016. In the ten months since they began fulfilling
orders, Sparx Hockey has shipped over 2500 skate sharpeners. Owners can
be found in 49 of the 50 United States and all but two Canadian
provinces and territories. Sparx Hockey is now fully caught up on
pre-orders, and their e-commerce website is in full swing processing new
orders for the holidays and beyond.
Sparx Hockey is a privately held Corporation located in Acton,
Massachusetts. Sparx is a developer and manufacturer of skate sharpening
equipment and related accessories for ice hockey, figure skating, and
sled hockey. Sparx products are currently being used by thousands of
players and skaters from youth to professional levels. The Company is
focused on building a leadership position in skate sharpening by
providing customers with the most advanced, accurate, and easy to use
skate sharpening equipment on the planet. For more information, please
Sparx Hockey, Inc.
Colleen Coyne, 855-772-7947 x700