In this world there doers and there are watchers. We know that the hockey world is made of doers. It should come as no surprise that Bauer Hockey is doing their part to help curb the advancement of the coronavirus that has brought our beloved sport (and the world) to halt.
With factories in Liverpool, New York and Blainville, Quebec the machines once used for the production of hockey equipment are being repurposed to produce much needed face shields.
In a recent interview with ESPN.com’s Emily Kaplan, Bauer’s CEO Ed Kinally explained,
”… the medical shields are worn in conjunction with regular medical masks that go over the nose and mouth, providing total facial protection by also covering the eyes. He said the cost of each medical shield is about $3 in the U.S., including shipping. The company does not expect to make any profit on the new endeavor.”
100,000 units will soon be on their way next week to hospital workers, police and firefighters across Canada. Kinally is hopefully to do the same in the United States.
"In the U.S., honestly, the word is not out yet. We've been doing outreach to various medical entities....we're also going to use our social channels to basically let the medical community know that we have the ability to produce these."
The effort will do more than just produce mask to help fight this pandemic. The recent outbreak forced Bauer to abruptly (if only temporarily) end the manufacturing of hockey equipment. By switching production to protective face shields, Bauer will be able to retain employees that otherwise would have had to been let go.
@BauerHockey tweeted Wednesday afternoon:
“Protection that allows athletes to give everything for their team is our heritage.
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.”
Hockey is a close community. It is a close community of doers. It is uplifting to see that when those outside of our community are in distress that we expand our close little world to help all of those in need and do what necessitates being done.