The Hockey Company and Sport Maska Issue Senior Notes

The Hockey Company, the world’s largest marketer, designer and manufacturer of hockey equipment and related apparel, issued on April 3, 2002, with its wholly owned subsidiary Sport Maska Inc., US$125 million senior secured note units using a cross-border dual note financing structure. Jefferies & Company, Inc. was underwriter, and in connection a new intercreditor agreement was entered into, and amendments were required to existing credit facilities with GE Capital.
The Hockey Company was represented by in-house counsel Josée Battista; Sylvain Cossette, Maryse Bertrand and David White (securities), Alan Shragie, Nathan Boidman and Rhonda Rudick (tax) and Sébastien Thériault, Elias Benhamou, Scott Hyman and James Reid (financing) of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP; C. Paul Smith (corporate) of Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales; and David Pollak, Jodi Lashin and Margo Intrator of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in New York.
Representing the underwriter were Peter Birkness and Janie Tremblay of Torys LLP; and Robert Phénix and Virginie Arbour Maynard of Desjardins Ducharme Stein Monast. U.S. counsel to the underwriter was Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in New York, with a team including Brian Murphy, Frank Lopez and Lewis Thompson.
Jill Zellmer, managing director and in-house counsel, GE Capital Commercial Finance, represented GE Capital, along with Scott Horner, Dale Seymour and Lisa Shostack of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.