Winchendon, MA 4/3/14 — General Manager Chris Banks announced today that after several months of negotiations with various different vendors, the American Street Hockey Institute is proud to have selected Dynamic Team Sports of Downingtown, PA as the official uniform provider of all the USA Ball Hockey teams – Mens, Womens, Juniors, and Masters. This partnership represents a key program milestone for ASHI and the National Ball Hockey programs as never before in their history have the teams had an official apparel sponsor who will be providing customized uniforms for all of the National teams. For Dynamic Team Sports, this also represents a significant accomplishment as they now enter the ball hockey market with the ability to establish a strong early presence which will help develop their brand. Recognizing and putting value in the untapped potential in the market was very attractive to DTS during their negotiations with ASHI.
Said Mr. Banks – “When I first came on board here at ASHI, I was pretty surprised to find out that the national teams didn’t have official apparel sponsors who were outfitting them with uniforms. I knew that in order to help develop the National program and give them every opportunity to succeed at the international level, that of course means top quality and high performance uniforms. We needed to find a company that could understand our vision, embrace it, and be willing to work with us as we move forward. We wanted a partner and that’s what we’ve got with DTS. Outfitting our Team USA squads is just the beginning of what we believe will be a long and beneficial relationship. In my conversations with DTS, it became apparent that they understood just how much potential there is for a company to be a partner with ASHI given our National Ball Hockey team responsibilities and our commitment to the sport to help it grow organically. I’d also like to point out that there’s great demand for a “ball hockey jersey” that is designed for this sport and not ice hockey. DTS will be helping us develop that type of jersey and we are excited to have such experts on our side who not only can help us design and manufacture the jersey, but listen to the players and teams who will wear it so that it continually evolves into a better product. DTS has shown with other sports just how committed they are to putting out the best possible products, and ASHI is proud to partner with a proven winner like them.”
Dynamic Team Sports is headquartered in Downingtown, PA, and they also have a facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where the jerseys are manufactured. They are the leading manufacturer of digitally sublimated athletic team uniforms in North America and also are a fully integrated manufacturer(except fabric and findings) producing in North America. DTS are innovators, introducing large scale sublimated production of athletic team uniforms to the US in 1998. Their staff has over 100 years of combined experience in manufacturing and delivering high performance team sports apparel.
Director of Sales Richard Nigro had this to say – “We at Dynamic Team Sports are very proud to be able to team up with such an excellent organization and to share the vision of successfully growing a brand together with ASHI and USA Ball Hockey. With our experience in pioneering many sports uniforms in the industry, and the expertise that ASHI has to offer, Dynamic feels that this will be a long term endeavor and will be rewarding to all of those involved in this journey.”
Said ASHI Information and Media Director Chris Bokuniewicz – “When (GM) Chris Banks and I met with Dynamic Team Sports, I was very impressed with how knowledgeable they are about uniforms and sporting goods in general but even more impressed with how well they seemed to understand our vision and needs. ASHI wanted a partner, and DTS acknowledged that. In some of our conversations with other potential vendors, they didn’t seem to reflect back the vision we have here at ASHI and the importance of working to develop the market. DTS has done this before with a couple of other sports, but they made it clear that they believe in the value of a long term partnership. I was very impressed with their attitude towards that and I believe we will be very successful moving forward.”
Added Christian Stagg, Business Development Manager for DTS – “As a lifelong sport enthusiast, I see many different elements of sport. What ASHI is looking to do with the sport of Ball Hockey has every element needed to successfully grow the sport. Furthermore, the people involved, such as Chris Banks and Chris Bokuniewicz, show a strong conviction for the growth of their sport. Combining that with motivation, dedication, professional planning and implementation spells a recipe for success and greatness. I believe ASHI and ball hockey have all the makings of a sport that is here to grow with our communities, and Dynamic Team Sports is proud to share their vision of Ball Hockey growth in America. Dynamic’s manufacturing capabilities, mixed with a strong promotion in the market will create buzz, interest, a face to the sport, and healthy growth through unification. The Dynamic team will pay close attention to the intricate details and requests of the athletes while creating an official Ball Hockey jersey. We strive for innovation and improvement, and plan to develop and grow our product with the sport in the long term. Our partnership will give USA Ball Hockey and ASHI advancements in elite level performance for the athletes, as well as a branding image that will be recognized by ball hockey players all over the country and eventually, the world.”