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Kayem Foods Becomes the Official Hot Dog of Tampa Bay Lightning

In an effort to bring you the latest breaking news and commentary about the Minnesota Wild, we often have to sift through information from multiple sources. We've discussed that before. However, sometimes, PR firms contact us to help promote their product or new idea. (See: Guardians). Usually these firms have a hockey themed product, or it has something to do with the Wild, however tangentially. 

Usually there is something in it for us, sometimes there is not. Most of the time we pass on particiapting because of SBNation rules, and or ethical conflict. Sometimes, the product just sucks or we don't care.

Sometimes, the product has absolutely nothing to do with the Wild. In those cases, clearly we need to participate. Thus, we are happy to announce that our friends in Tampa have a brand new official hot dog to chow down while watching Steven Stamkos chow down on opposing goalies.

So, if you don't mind, make the jump and read the release. This is the biggest thing to happen to the Wild since... well... ever. I just can't believe they didn't leak me this information sooner so I could be the first to break the news in Minnesota that the Tampa Bay Lightning have a new official sausage.





ST. PETERSBURG, FL (January 25, 2011) – From the first drop of the puck to the final siren, Tampa Bay Lightning fans can now score better hot dogs and sausages throughout all games at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Kayem Foods, Inc. ( announced today a new multi-year sponsorship and licensing agreement to manufacture and distribute Kayem Franks & Sausages at Lightning games, and make Kayem the Official Brand of Franks and Sausages of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum.

As part of the agreement, Kayem has introduced new and improved products at Tampa Bay Lightning home games, including the Kayem Beef Hot Dog, Kayem Beef Kids Dog and Kayem Italian Sausage.  Kayem Hot Dogs at the St. Pete Times Forum feature Kayem’s special all-beef recipe, offering a unique blend of spices for a distinct bolder flavor.  The plump and juicy skinless hot dogs have no fillers and are MSG and gluten free.

Kayem’s partnership with the Lightning follows last April’s partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team to make Kayem the Official Hot Dog and Sausage of the Tampa Bay Rays and Tropicana Field. In September, Kayem was also recently named the official hot dog and sausage of the Florida State® Seminoles®. "We are thrilled to have partnerships with both of Tampa’s professional sports teams, and for the opportunity to deliver top-quality, delicious franks and sausages that enhance the fan experience for millions of hot dog enthusiasts throughout Florida, all year long," said Bob Kufferman, Kayem Senior Brand Manager.  "Our partnership with the Lightning reinforces Kayem as the brand that offers Florida sports fans and hot dog lovers truly great tasting franks that get high marks for quality and freshness.

"The Lightning are thrilled to partner with Kayem, one of the country’s most established and successful hot dog manufacturers, to introduce Kayem Beef Hot Dogs and Sausages at our games," said Bob Rossi, Corporate Marketing Manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning.  "Over the past year, we have focused on upgrades to make the St. Pete Times Forum a world-class home for our team and a better place for fans to enjoy Bolts hockey. Offering Kayem’s quality products is yet one more way we can exceed our fans’ expectations and deliver the best possible game experience."

Kayem Foods, founded in 1909, is the largest meat processor in New England.  Owned and operated by the same family for more than 100 years, the company manufactures Kayem Franks, the #1 brand of franks sold in New England. Best known for its Old Tyme Natural Casing franks, Kayem produces over 100 varieties of hot dogs and 300 varieties of deli meats, sausage and dinner hams under the Kayem, al fresco, Schonland’s, McKenzie, Triple M, Genoa, Jordan’s, Deutschmacher, Kirschner, and Essem brands.  In 2009, Kayem Foods began manufacturing and distributing the iconic Fenway Franks line of hot dogs, the Official Hot Dog of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park.


Wow. Official hot dog of the Bolts and the Sox? Amazing. Now... will someone please let RF Binder Public Relations know that I officially do not care?

Never mind, I've got it.



Minneapolis, MINN.(January 25, 2011) – Today, Bryan Reynolds, Editor of Hockey Wilderness, is proud to announce that he does not care about the fact that the Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Pete Times Forum have partnered with Kayem Foods to provide the official sausage of the team.

In relating just how much he does not care, Reynolds said "I write about the Wild, have never been to Florida, and don’t much care for hot dogs. We here at Hockey Wilderness are confused by why we would give a s**t about what brand of chewed up animal parts in an intestinal skin they serve in Tampa."

Reynolds’ lack of caring about hot dogs has a long history, stretching all the way back to 1979. Truly a nearly 32 year history of not giving a rip about sausage of any form, nor who manufactured it should be enough to make it clear just how little he cares. However, the fact that he was born, raised, and lives in Minnesota should make it clear that he cares even less about sausages in Florida.

Hockey Wilderness joined in an official capacity in relating how the site also does not care about the hot dogs in Florida. Managing Editor Nathan Eide simply wished to remind people that Hockey Wilderness is also MSG and gluten free.

The multi-year deal between Reynolds and Hockey Wilderness to not care about the type of hot dogs served in Tampa has recently been extended. The deal is now set to last in perpetuity, and will expire only upon the death of both Mr. Reynolds’ offspring, as well as anyone bearing the last name Reynolds around the globe.

For more information on the lack of any care in the world about hot dogs, in an official or non-official capacity, please contact Hockey Wilderness Public Relations officers at:

1234 Who Gives a Crap Road
Nobody Cares, MN 55434

Or by email at