Stanley Cup champions the Pittsburgh Penguins have announced a new multi-year partnership with Covestro.
The global provider of high-tech materials, which is also based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will become the National Hockey League (NHL) team’s official innovation partner, and will work with the franchise to explore how material solutions can improve the safety and sustainability of ice hockey.
Covestro’s partnership with the Penguins will allow the company to examine potential applications across the sport by analysing everything from player equipment to rink construction. The financial terms of the agreement have not been made public.
“The partnership between a championship hockey team and a global company focused on hi-tech materials creates a unique environment for innovation,” said Penguins president and chief executive David Morehouse. “We very much look forward to working with Covestro and supporting its efforts to see what we can achieve together. The fact that we're both from Pittsburgh - that this has such a Pittsburgh flavour - makes it all the more inspiring.”
“We're excited about this partnership – not only because it supports our strong focus on innovation and sustainability, but also because it represents the unconventional kind of collaboration that is characteristic of Pittsburgh,” added Jerry MacCleary, chairman and chief executive of Covestro.
“It's not every day you have the chance to pair science with sports in the pursuit of innovation, and we're proud to be on the same team as the Pittsburgh Penguins.”
The Penguins are pursuing their third straight Stanley Cup triumph, and currently sit second in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division. They will be hoping to extend their three-game winning streak when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.