Canadian Startup Shnarped Connects Pro Hockey Players to Fans in New Way

by Knowlton Thomas | Startups

Vancouver-based Shnarped Hockey is launching a new feature on its app today. The Launch Academy-bred startup's mobile app now boasts a feature that allows fans to connect directly with professional, NHL-level hockey players—no middlemen involved.

"In a word, Shnarped is access," the Canadian company explains. "This brand new, interactive application gives fans unprecedented connection to pro players through one simple dashboard. You will virtually be behind the scenes: in the room, on the bench, or flying around with the team."

The app already has 30 NHL players across 13 different teams using the app, plus more than 100 other professional hockey players.

Fans and pros communicate with each other through "pounds." Shnarped explains:

When a player does something awesome, what happens on the ice or bench? Teammates, coaches and training staff give them a pound or tap on the shin pads plus few good words. Shnarped lets you do the exact same thing. The unique Pound feature lets you dole out fist bumps as if you’re on the team. Plus, you can post your encouraging words on the player’s wall for him to see.

And that's where it gets cool: verified pros can pound you back, even writing you a personal note. You can also check out their player stalls, which are like a Facebook-esque profile for that pro. And in addition to the connection between players and fans, the app offers a robust database of player stats, bios, Twitter feeds, and more across several hockey leagues.



It's an app that's been recently endorsed by big names, including ESPN analyst John Buccigross—he tweeted bluntly that "if you are a hockey fan you have to get the App called Shnarped"—and NHL pros like Blake Geofrrion, who said the app is a "pretty cool way to interact with your favorite players."

Shnarped was founded by Dustin Sproat, who began his career as an engineer before his passion for hockey turned him into an entrepreneur; Kamil Sikorski, a software engineer; and Kyle Hagel, a professional hockey player in the AHL.

Download the free app for iOS here.

Shnarped Hockey
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Shnarped Hockey – a Vancouver-based tech startup founded by two pro hockey players and advised by literally hundreds of others– takes fans behind the scenes by connecting them with their favorite professional hockey players. Being connected is about the details, and Shnarped Hockey was able to attract the pros’ attention by creating unrivalled player profiles across multiple professional... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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