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Since speaking with the Shnarped Hockey guys last October – right before they very successfully pitched to the Dragons’ Den - their fan engagement platform has really taken off. Shnarped connects fans to their favorite hockey teams and players, and has 100 NHL players plus 1000 NHL prospects using the platform. And now this hockey season, more fans have received messages from NHL players on Shnarped than on Twitter – pretty impressive.
As founders of a charity called Hockey Players for Kids, Dustin Sproat and Kyle Hagel (who currently plays for the AHL’s Portland Pirates) recognized a problem with how fans were trying to communicate with players. They saw lots of positive messages being directed towards players on Facebook, and lots of negative messages directed at players on Twitter. Obviously players appreciate the positive notes, but Facebook isn’t designed for interaction with strangers and so most of these messages would go unanswered.
Shnarped solves this problem by providing a positive, youth-friendly community for fan interaction. A top-notch news and stats database provides up to the minute information about any and all players (making it great for the fantasy hockey guru), and the players that are ‘verified’ on the platform can very easily respond to their loyal fans via their core interactive feature, the pound.
There’s a great hockey app on the market called “Shnarped” that was developed by two teammates from Princeton; Kyle Hagel (currently with the Portland Pirates) and Dustin Sproat (formerly of the Cincinnati Cyclones). We recently caught up with Dustin to discuss the Shnarped Hockey App…
Q: First off, what is Shnarped?
A: Shnarped is a hockey app designed to be a social network for the hockey community. It connects players, fans, agents, coaches, and managers of the sport we all love while providing them with the most relevant player stats, news and highlights. The most unique feature of Shnarped is “the pound” which is like sending a virtual fist-bump or tap on the shin pads to a player for a great game. If you send a pound to one of our over 300 verified pro players, they can send one back.
Q: Where did the idea for Shnarped come from?
A: It grew out of a charity I was doing with my co-founder Kyle Hagel called Hockey Players 4 Kids. We saw first hand how valuable player-fan engagement could be but we also faced a lot of challenges keeping up with all the players. We knew there had to be a better way to stay connected and track how our buddies were doing. That’s where the original idea for Shnarped came from and it’s grown into this fully featured hockey app.