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Shnarped Hockey connects hockey fans to their favourite professional hockey players across mobile applications. Fans can track player news, stats, tweets, and highlights, and actually interact with many of the players themselves right on the app.
Shnarped’s key interactive feature is the “pound,” which allows fans to send a virtual fist-bump in real-time to their favourite hockey players after a great play. Over 80 NHL players – including Jonathan Toews, Brendan Gallagher, and Jonathan Quick – use the application, and after the game these verified players can send fans a ‘pound’ back. The ‘pound’ creates a positive, youth-friendly environment that allows young hockey fans to interact with their hockey heroes in a safe environment.
The concept for Shnarped grew out of a charity called Hockey Players for Kids, which brought players face-to-face with young fans in their communities. Shnarped Hockey was founded in June of 2012 by professional hockey players Dustin Sproat and Kyle Hagel, and their partner Kamil Sikorski.
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Shnarps is a card game played almost exclusively by pro hockey players on buses and planes during road trips.
Dustin Sproat is a Chemical Engineering graduate of Princeton University and a Sauder School of Business MBA graduate. He played professional hockey in the minors for three years, and co-founded Hockey Players for Kids with Kyle in 2008.
Kyle Hagel (white jersey) is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in Politics. He is currently in his 6th season of professional hockey and playing for the Portland Pirates, affiliate of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes.
Kamil Sikorski graduated from University of Guelph with a Computer Science degree in 2005 and received his MBA from UBC Sauder in 2013. Kamil has experience in creating software for products ranging from medical devices, to engineering tools, to meteorological prediction models.
Ralph Turfus is an accomplished technology entrepreneur who has spent three decades in the IT sector. Most recently, he was founder and CEO of Class Software, a leading developer of software for municipal government. In 2004, Class was acquired by California-based Active Network in a private equity-financed transaction. An engineer/MBA, Ralph’s passion is developing the marketing and sales capabilities of entrepreneurial technologists. He is a highly-regarded speaker on the topic and is a hand-on angel investor and mentor who is active with the founders of numerous next-generation technology companies emerging on Canada's west coast. In recognition of his business success and industry contributions he has received Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal as one of three people in the BC Tech industry in 2013 and was named the B.C. Technology Industry Association's "Person of the Year" in 2006.
Pankaj Agarwal has completed his engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and his MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. He started his career with Wipro, one of the world’s leading IT Services companies, and in 2000 he co-founded Momentum Technologies. Pankaj is also active in the community and has spoken at many events run by organizations and associations such as ITAC (Information Technology Association of Canada), Nasscom (National Association of Software and Service Companies), BCTIA (British Columbia Technology Industries Association) and TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). He has been honoured as a recipient of a "40 under 40" award by Business in Vancouver.
Brad Wanchulak, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business, is an independent business man from Calgary, Alberta. As a co-founder, director and sales manager with various TSX listed Environmental and Energy service companies Brad acts as a member of the Shnarped Advisor Board. Prior to entering the business world, Brad played hockey at Notre Dame and professionally in the minors for two years.