Bauer Hockey, the manufacturer of hockey equipment and apparel for the NHL, will make protective visors for first responders after the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of the hockey season.
“Right now, we're all on the same team. We're repurposing our facilities to make face shields so that medical professionals battling COVID-19 can safely continue to help those most vulnerable,” the company said in an Instagram post Wednesday.
"We contacted Quebec government officials to tell them about our project. We are awaiting their authorization and will be ready to launch our production as soon as we have received the green light,” Dan Bourgeois, vice president of Bauer's product innovation, told Canadian sports news site RDS.ca, Newsweek reported. “We could deliver our first visors as of next week.”
Bourgeois said a number of the 50 to 80 people normally tasked with making skates for professional players are now working from home amid the pandemic. The virus has led to at least 2,792 confirmed cases and 27 deaths in Canada, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau entered quarantine after his wife tested positive for the virus.
The company’s current model is intended for single use, he added, but he said the company is currently developing one for multiple uses. He told Newsweek the company is also prepared to offer the visors to medical professionals in the U.S., telling the magazine, "We are also deploying the same products to our manufacturing site in Liverpool, New York."NHL Face Coverings
The demonstration follows those in the National Hockey League postseason during the summer, when four members of the Dallas Stars and Vegas Golden Knights took a knee before their playoff game, and Matt Dumba of the Minnesota Wild took a knee before the start of the Western Conference postseason in Edmonton.
As first reported by Sportsnet, the Bruins, Kings, Ducks and Pittsburgh Penguins are among the teams that have told the NHL they are investigating outdoor home games. The Athletic noted that the Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators are among the teams that have also indicated interest to the NHL in playing multiple outdoor games.
Although the Winter Classic in Minnesota was postponed, the Hurricanes still are scheduled to play a Stadium Series game at NC State's football stadium in the 2020-21 season. NHL sources have stressed that these are "no stone unturned" ideas for creating revenue and playing in front of fans, rather than any concreted plans for the 2020-21 season. They also said that along with cost, the league's biggest concern with teams playing multiple outdoor games is watering down the novelty of the Winter Classic and the Stadium Series events that continue to pack crowds into football and baseball stadiums for hockey games every season.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said on Wednesday that the projected Jan. 1 start date is still "a work in progress" that will be "influenced largely by medical experts." Sources told ESPN on Thursday that speculation around a February start date is picking up.
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