president of Hockey Art International Ltd.
What I do is an original pen and ink drawing
of hockey gear and it is based on NHL jerseys.
When the picture’s finished, we make
reproductions of them and sell them over
the internet, and a few retail stores in
Canada and in the United States. We are
licensed by the NHL to do this.
I started to draw, I learned how to draw
fairly well, and I taught classes. One of
the projects I gave to my students was to
draw an object on a chair. I had a number
of sets up for this project, including one
with my son’s skates, hockey jersey
and a stick.
was invented in Nova Scotia in the 1850's.
wanted to try this drawing myself and give
it to one of my sons as a gift for his birthday.
And so he got me thinking that it would
probably be a good business venture to mass
produce these and sell them to hockey fans.
the NHL license, we’re only allowed
to sell these directly in North America.
We had to forecast our sales for the first
three or four years to pay royalties to
the NHL. So every year we have to pay the
royalty that we forecasted we’d do
for that year, whether we make those sales
happens when a player signs anything, usually,
they are paid for it. Their rates might
be anywhere from $10-$90 per item, but sometimes
they’re at a location and they’re
just there signing anything that people
bring to them. We’ve taken advantage
of that for fundraisers. A typical example
is one of Gretzky’s prints went to
a Lou Gehrig’s disease golf tournament,
and it sold for about $850.”
first official hockey rules was incorporated
in Montreal in 1879.