The Forzani Group Ltd./Le Groupe Forzani Ltee

The Forzani Group Ltd./Le Groupe Forzani Ltee

November 13, 2007 16:57 ET

Hockey Experts Grand Opening

As the Holiday Season approaches, Hockey Experts has the GTA merry about Hockey

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 13, 2007) - Hockey Experts, a corporate banner of The Forzani Group Ltd. (TSX:FGL), Canada's largest retailer of sporting goods, is proud to announce the grand opening of its newest store located in Scarborough, as the premiere source for top quality hockey equipment and unmatched professional service from genuine hockey experts.

Hockey Experts, based on The Forzani Group Ltd.'s franchise model in Quebec, is a true success story. With The Forzani Group Ltd.'s purchasing power, and lowest price guarantee, the Hockey Experts franchise has been positioned to lead in the marketplace. Scarborough opens as the third corporate store in the Toronto area, and plans continue to open more corporate Hockey Experts stores throughout Canada.

The stores feature equipment from all the best brands in skates (NikeBauer, Easton, RBK, CCM & Mission), one of the broadest selection of one-piece composite and wood sticks, and an enormous range of protective equipment. The product assortment is rounded out with custom goalie gear, technical apparel from Under Armour, Nike and RBK, accessories, and adds the consummate edge with Sidney Crosby's RBK SC 87 line.

Not only is Hockey Experts known for its best products, brands, and Lowest Price Guarantee, it is also committed to providing the best service facilities with its Top Shelf Pro Shop that uses advance technologies to fine tune skates. From adjusting the radius of the blades to specialized sharpening techniques using the exclusive Blackstone Spinner system customers will be able to get the most from their game. Furthermore, the Scarborough store boasts one of only a few RapidShot Training Centres in Canada, a patented training system designed to improve puck handling and shooting skills.

"To many Canadians, hockey isn't just a sport, it's a way of life and we feel we are opening the absolute best hockey store in the country with our combination and selection of top brands, unbeatable pricing and expert service," comments Bill Gregson, President & COO, The Forzani Group Ltd. "I believe people who love everything hockey will love our store. Our trained team members offer their hockey expertise and product tips to make the most exceptional consumer buying experience."

To celebrate the official Grand Opening, former Toronto Maple Leafs great Wendel Clark will be hosting an autograph session on November 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Hockey Experts' Scarborough location at Kennedy Commons 35 William Kitchen Road. A ceremonial face-off by the Mayoral representative Norm Kelly and Wendel will take place at 9:00am.

Grand Opening events continue with promotional give-aways for the first 25 people in line at the new Scarborough store on Friday, November 16th, 2007 by 9:00 a.m. wearing full hockey gear (no skates). These first 25 individuals will receive a $200 Gift Card redeemable at Hockey Experts. Detailed information on all of the above events are provided online at

Hockey Experts invites media to join the event to help launch the grand opening celebration.

About The Forzani Group Ltd.

The Forzani Group Ltd. is Canada's largest national retailer of sporting goods, offering a comprehensive assortment of brand-name and private-brand products, operating stores from coast to coast, under five corporate banners: Sport Chek, Coast Mountain Sports, Sport Mart, National Sports and Hockey Experts. The Forzani Group is also a franchisor under the banners: Sports Experts, Intersport, Econosports, Atmosphere, Pegasus, Tech Shop, Nevada Bob's Golf, Hockey Experts and The Fitness Source. The Company has websites for several of its corporate and franchise banners which can be accessed through its main website at

The foregoing information may contain forward-looking statements relating to the future performance of The Forzani Group Ltd. Forward-looking statements, specifically those concerning future performance, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. The Company, in compliance with the reporting requirements of the various securities commissions, details these risks and uncertainties from time to time.

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