About GRAF

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history behind the brand.

GRAF Hockey

GRAF History

1921

GRAF is born

GRAF Skates AG was founded as Graf & Co. in 1921 by the grandfather of current owner Karl Graf. Graf and Co. was established in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland and produced a variety of sports shoes, including soccer, tennis, hiking and biking.
GRAF born in Switzerland
First GRAF Hockey Boot

First GRAF Hockey Boot

In 1938, the first GRAF hockey boot was produced with assembled blades.

Dedicated to Hockey & Figure Skates

In 1975, GRAF began focusing its manufacturing solely on hockey and figure skates.
Dedicated to Hockey and Figure Skates
North American Distribution

North American Distribution

Beginning in the late 1980’s, European players begin bringing GRAF skates to North America while playing in the NHL, creating demand for the brand. In 1995, full distribution begins in North America.

GRAF CANADA is created

In 1996 GRAF Canada secures a 9600 sq. Ft facility including office, manufacturing and warehouse in Calgary, Alberta. In 1997, the Canadian manufacturing facility commences production in Calgary with a daily running rate of 40 pairs of skates.
GRAF Canada in Calgary
North American Manufacturing

North American Manufacturing

Today, GRAF Canada is an innovative designer, marketer, manufacturer and distributor of premium quality hockey and figure skate products. Our 36,000 sq. ft. facility resides in Calgary with a daily running rate in excess of 200 pairs a day.

Full Product Line

Added glove and stick categories to IIHF and NHL on-ice supplier agreement for the first time in company history to became IIHF and NHL on-ice supplier in skate, stick and glove categories to go along with a complete line of skates, sticks, gloves, bags, and accessories at the retail level.
Full GRAF Product Line
Dennis Wideman

Dennis Wideman

In May 2012, signed Dennis Wideman of the Calgary Flames to the first endorsement deal in GRAF company history.

David Booth

Signed long-time GRAF supporter David Booth of the Vancouver Canucks to an endorsement deal in the winter of 2013.
David Booth
Tessa Bonhomme

Tessa Bonhomme

Canadian National Women’s team member Tessa Bonhomme is signed to an endorsement deal in the spring of 2013 to become the first woman to ever sign an endorsement deal with GRAF.
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