"I always reckoned that hockey was the original extreme sport."—Mike V.
Mike Vallely and hockey have been inseparable for a while now, so his union with the Anaheim Ducks today isn't groundbreaking news. But what is news is his new co-branded apparel line that'll be sold on the Ducks Team Store, as well as some regular video segments on the Ducks website and his own blog. Keep reading for the full press release and some O.G. YouTubing.
ANAHEIM DUCKS TEAM UP WITH
PROFESSIONAL SKATEBOARDER MIKE VALLELY
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has partnered with professional skateboarder Mike Vallely, known as "Mike V" in the entertainment and sports industries. Highlighting the partnership, the Ducks and Mike V will launch a co-branded apparel line to be sold at the Anaheim Ducks Team Store. Mike V will also be featured on the Anaheim Ducks web site with his own blog, as well as segments on The Element and Ducks TV which are part of the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Network (ADHN). An avid hockey supporter, fans will be able to catch Mike V spreading his passion for Anaheim Ducks hockey in all his endeavors and appearances in the Southern California area.
"Both skateboarding and hockey are fast-paced, athletic sports that are proving to be the activities of choice for today's youth," Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President/COO Tim Ryan. "Teaming with professional skateboarder Mike Vallely and his core following of sports and music enthusiasts is a demographic fit that benefits both parties and provides us a unique opportunity to extend our brand."
Mike V is a professional skateboarder, musician, television personality (DRIVE on Fuel TV), stuntman and actor. Born and raised in Edison, New Jersey, Vallely made a name for himself in 1986 when he was discovered by skateboarding legends Stacy Peralta and Lance Mountain while skateboarding in a parking lot in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The first east coast based street-skater to emerge on the scene, Mike became an overnight sensation in the skateboarding world and has remained one of its most influential and important professionals over the last 22 years.
"In my mind hockey is the original action sport," said Mike V, a Ducks season ticket holder "Before the fame of action sports, hockey players were generally regarded as the toughest and craziest athletes on the planet. I think they still are. Of all the traditional and action sports, hockey and skateboarding are the only ones that are truly compatible."
Mike is also the vocalist for rock band Revolution Mother, formed in 2005. After touring with bands like Bad Religion and Tiger Army as well as playing on the past two Warped Tours, Revolution Mother has fine tuned their sound and live show to create their own brand of rock and roll. Mike V is also involved in many charities, inspiring and empowering young individuals to positively and creatively express them selves.
About the Anaheim Ducks
The 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks have earned six trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including postseason appearances each of the last three years. By securing the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history in 2007, the club also became the first team from California to win hockey's ultimate prize. One of 30 franchises located throughout the United States and Canada, the Ducks have played to over 90% capacity crowds in their history at the 17,174-seat Honda Center. On June 20, 2005, the Ducks' franchise was purchased by Orange County residents Henry and Susan Samueli. The club is began its 16th NHL regular season campaign in early October.
For more information on the Anaheim Ducks or Mike V, please visit either AnaheimDucks.com or MikeVallely.com.