Full Launch of App is Fast Approaching
August 18, 2012
By Thomas Chace Jr.
October is a big month for two Princeton graduates who also play hockey in the AHL. Dustin Sproat and Kyle Hagel are co-founders and developers of a mobile app that will most certainly appeal to all hockey fans and already has received rave reviews fom players in the NHL, AHL, and ECHL.
The app has a "retro" look and it's not by accident. These two players along with three other members formed a team to really give both the players and the fans an app that provides a lot of info in one location and make it appealing to the eye. They compare it to the back of a "vintage hockey card."
I would agree, only there is so much more. I would almost call it an "interactive vintage hockey card".
The app will include career stats, contract status, news articles, Twitter feeds, as well as up to date season stats for each player and links to box scores. They are most excited about the "pound" button that will allow fans to acknowledge the players for playing a good game, making contributions in the community, a cool tweet, or simply a happy birthday.
The best part is that the app allows the player to respond back with a "pound" of his own via a push notification, making for a quick and easy personal interaction. Every true hockey fan already knows that hockey players are the most approachable of all athletes in the world of professional sports. Good job, boys!
The hope is that players will engage even more, with polling questions, customizing their "stall", or even interacting among themselves via the app.
The founder and President of the company is Sproat, a 2006 graduate of Princeton who most recently played with the Cincinnati Cyclones in the ECHL and is currently working on his MBA at the University of British Columbia. The company has an office in Vancouver. No rude remarks please, Bruins fans!
Hagel, has played for the Rockford and Peoria clubs in the AHL the last few years and has been in a consultant role since April of 2011 and is listed as a co-founder of the company.
Two other MBA candidates and a full time programmer round out their team. The team is preparing for a "soft" launch into the app store next month in September. The "hard" launch is scheduled for the opening of the NHL season, which is in serious jeopardy of happening. The two sides are far apart on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
I'll be "tracking" their progress, of course. "Tracking" is another feature available on their app. You can track your favorite players and have their info at your fingertips. Not while driving, please.
Good luck boys, it sure looks good, and they've certainly done their homework in offering hockey fans and players a great new mobile app.
Keep your eye out for this great new addition to the mobile hockey apps!
I'll keep you informed on the progress and the dates of the launch.