The NHL is returning to its health product lineup for its regular season, and the return of its “Play-Offs” game has a lot to do with it.
For starters, the league has announced the return to play in its original venues for the first time since its first foray into the National Hockey League in the early 1990s.
The return of the “Playoffs” game to the IcePlex in downtown Minneapolis, which opened in 2001, marks the league’s return to a home ice for a game since 1994, and is also part of a broader commitment to expand health products to the players on a national scale.
“We are pleased to welcome back our traditional home ice in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and have been working to make sure that this new facility will provide our players with the best possible facility for the health and safety of their health and wellbeing,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.
“Our goal is to provide our teams with a game that allows them to focus on their performance and give them the opportunity to play their best game possible.”
The league announced Thursday that it would return to the Minnesota Dome for the 2017-18 season.
The Dome, which has hosted the league for more than half a century, will remain the home ice of the Minnesota Wild until 2020.
While the arena was built to accommodate the NHL’s new “Playoff” format, Bettman noted that the venue is also used for the team’s home games.
“The Dome will be the home of the Wild for the next several seasons,” Bettman added.
“We are excited to welcome it back for the 2018-19 season.”
The return of a health product that has been used for years in the NHL to help its players is a big deal for the NHL, which currently sells over 60 million items a year.
The “PlayOffs,” which begin the second week of November, feature players playing the NHL regular season in a “shopping mall” environment.
The game will be played on the ice in a smaller arena than the Iceplex and is set to be the league first outdoor game.
“With the introduction of our new arena, we will also be bringing our ‘Playoffs’ game to a new arena with the Minnesota Vikings,” Bettmann said.
“This will be our first outdoor ‘Playoff’ game in over 30 years and we are looking forward to seeing what this new arena can do for our players and fans.”
The NHL has been a leader in bringing its “Health Products” to the NHL since the early 2000s.
In 2006, the NHL released the “Health Care” line of health products that includes “Radiotherapy,” “Anti-inflammatories,” “Exercise,” “Vitamin D,” “Nutritional supplements” and “Weight loss supplements.”
In 2011, the company announced a partnership with Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Canada to launch a new line of Health Products called “The Hockey Store.”
The company also has been making strides in expanding its Health Products to its teams.
In the 2014-15 season, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Stars announced a joint venture with Adidas to offer premium health products at Target Field.