The PHPA is Raising Funds and Awareness Through Custom Built Harley-Davidson

Author: Darryl Dionne, PHPA Director of Communications and Business Development
Date: Oct 3, 2017

In January, 2017, the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA) purchased a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, with the intent of adding a few simple features and some PHPA branding to help raise awareness for the Association during their 50th Anniversary season.  The bike would be displayed at various events throughout the year and then raffled with all proceeds benefiting a charitable organization.  What resulted, however, was a one-of-a-kind, custom built show bike, that by far exceeded all expectations and expanded the scope of the initiative exponentially.

The PHPA commissioned renown motorcycle expert Quinn Camp from Quinn’s Custom Motorcycles in Welland, Ontario to refurbish the PHPA Harley into something that PHPA Members would be proud to showcase.   Camp, who has rebuilt hundreds of motorcycles from the ground up for various motorcycle enthusiasts and celebrities knew this bike would have to be special given the significant nature of the Association’s 50th Anniversary.  He certainly didn’t disappoint.

Some of the features Camp incorporated into the PHPA Harley include full front and rear air ride suspension, an 88 cubic inch engine, 26” front wheel, center stand, 7.7 JL audio fully amplified sound system, LED lights in the front and rear, contrast cut components including pipes shaped as hockey sticks with heat resistant tape, and PHPA branding including gold stripes and 50th Anniversary logo with embroidered seat and bags.  The end result has left motorcycle enthusiast in awe at various bike shows and events where the PHPA Harley has been on display.  The estimated retail value of the PHPA Harley is now over $70,000.

“We went a little over the top with the features on this bike, but that was the whole point,” said Camp.  “Make this bike stand out among the rest to build awareness for not only the PHPA but the charities the bike will support.”

The PHPA Harley was officially unveiled at the PHPA’s 50th Annual Meeting of Player Representatives in Orlando, Florida this past June in front of over 200 professional hockey players and key stakeholders throughout the sport, where it was announced that the bike would be raffled at the conclusion of the PHPA’s 50th Anniversary season with all proceeds split between 5 charitable causes including Hockey Fights Cancer, the Hockey Canada Foundation, the USA Hockey Foundation, Heartland Forest, and the Staal Family Foundation.

The bike will be on display at key events on both the motorcycle and hockey calendars throughout the year including the Rogers Hometown Hockey event in Niagara Falls October 7th & 8th, the Port Dover Friday the 13th event in October, the Toronto Motorcycle show in February, and various other locations.

Tickets for the PHPA Harley-Davidson motorcycle are available for $100 each and can be purchased from the PHPA by calling 289-296-5561 or visiting the PHPA's online store.  Only 1,750 tickets are available for sale and are selling fast.

The draw will take place on August 20, 2018, at the PHPA’s golf tournament event in St. Catharines, Ontario, which will officially close out the PHPA’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

“We built a motorcycle that players can be proud of as we celebrate 50 years of being the only Players’ Association representing minor league players within a major league sport,” said PHPA Executive Director, Larry Landon.  “Tickets are going fast, and I would encourage anyone, whether you are a bike enthusiast or not, to buy a ticket for this unbelievable Harley-Davidson to help support some amazing causes.”

For more information, please visit PHPA.com.

 

About the PHPA

Since its inception in 1967, the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (PHPA) has continued to serve as an advocate of player interests.  Currently, the PHPA is the certified, U.S. National Labor Relations Board collective bargaining representative for over 1,500 players across 57 teams throughout the American Hockey League and ECHL.  Visit PHPA.com, follow the PHPA on Facebook and Twitter (@thephpa), register for the PHPA Insider E-Newsletter, and hear what some of the most influential members of the hockey community had to say about the PHPA.

 

About the Hockey Canada Foundation

The Hockey Canada Foundation was founded in 2000 and is a registered non-profit that operates hand-in-hand with Hockey Canada to fulfill its mission.  The HCF provides secure, sustainable, long-term funding to support the future development of the game through the delivery of a wide range of Hockey programs.

 

About the USA Hockey Foundation

The USA Hockey Foundation is a charitable and educational nonprofit corporation that provides long-range financial support for USA Hockey and promotes the growth of hockey in the United States.  The Foundation’s primary goals are to enhance USA Hockey’s mission and activities; to provide funding for education and training of high-performance athletes; and to provide opportunities for greater participation throughout the country.

 

About Hockey Fights Cancer

Hockey Fights Cancer™ was founded in 1998 by the NHL and the NHL Players' Association to raise money & awareness for hockey's most important fight. Supported by NHL Clubs, Players, Alumni, Referees, Equipment Managers, Corporate Partners, Broadcast Partners and YOU - our fans - HFC has raised more than $18 million to support national and local cancer research institutions, children's hospitals and player & local charities.

 

About Heartland Forest

Located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, each year, more than 20,000 visitors experience the natural features and accessible trails and facilities on this unique property.  Our mission is to provide an interactive nature experience for all, building lifelong connections with nature through dynamic and inspiring programs. With a goal of preservation and sustainability we engage the hearts and minds of our staff, volunteers and visitors.

 

About the Staal Family Foundation

Eric, Jordan, Marc and Jared Staal; four brothers committed to family and hockey. The Staal family is excited to be working together on the Staal Family Foundation, a charitable trust fund with a strong focus on family, community and charity.  Inspired to support children and families battling cancer, The Staal Family Foundation is excited to be bringing support to people across North America.

 

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