clearn.png
Tuesday April 7th, 2020 10:32PM

Hockey equipment maker Bauer shifts to medical shields

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer has shifted from making visors for helmets to medical visors for those fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

When hockey came to a halt amid the global pandemic, Bauer faced the possibility of closing its manufacturing plant in Blainville, Quebec, but engineers there instead brainstormed the idea of producing medical shields to help protect people on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

They came up with a prototype, and Bauer vice president of global marketing Mary-Kay Messier said there were 100,000 devices ready for distribution by this week. They're expected to first go to doctors and nurses in Canada, then the U.S.

“There's a real shortage, a dire shortage of medical devices and gear that's needed to keep people on the front lines safe,” Messier said.

The medical shields are being produced in Quebec and a facility in Liverpool, New York, that primarily makes Bauer's lacrosse equipment. The company's corporate headquarters is in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Columbus Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno tweeted: “Awesome work @BauerHockey. Like many, I’m proud to wear your equipment! Thanks for making a difference where it matters!” U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire added, “I’m proud to see this NH business adapt to help health care workers’ needs during this time.”

Spokeswoman Vanessa McMains of Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore said volunteers are assembling face shields and 35,000 fanny packs with gloves, masks and hand sanitizer to be distributed to those in close contact with COVID-19 patients. She said Johns Hopkins was preparing for a shortage in the U.S. similar to what has happened to other countries around the world.

Congress' $2.2 trillion virus relief package earmarked $1 billion under the Defense Production Act to help private industry boost the production of medical gear.

"Every company has something that they can contribute," Messier said. “It's just a matter of a little bit of creativity to try and think about what it could be.”

Bauer is still ramping up production of the medical shields, and Messier said she hopes other companies follow suit. She said in times of tragedy, rival manufacturers should not be competitors.

“You're really just all in on it together in how you can help the team,” she said. “I think about hockey. It's really a team sport, right? And we're fortunate to work in that kind of environment, and in this time it's about how can we support the greater community.”

___

Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno

___

More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Hockey, AP Business, AP Business - Corporate News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Hockey equipment maker Bauer shifts to medical shields
Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer has shifted from making visors for helmets to medical visors for those fighting the coronavirus pandemic
12:51PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Golden Globes amend eligibility rules due to virus
The Golden Globes will accept movies submissions without a theatrical release for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic
12:48PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Stocks rise sharply on Wall Street, heading for 3-day rally
Stocks are rising more than 4% Thursday, putting the market on track for its first three-day rally in six weeks, even as the astonishing scale of the downturn slamming the economy because of the coronavirus becomes more apparent
12:45PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: 2 triathlon events postponed, 1 canceled
Two major triathlons in Spain have been postponed and the world university triathlon championship in Hungary has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak
12:27PM ( 36 minutes ago )
The Latest: Soccer game between Mexico and Colombia canceled
A soccer exhibition between Mexico and Colombia on May 30 at Denver has been canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic
12:08PM ( 55 minutes ago )
The Latest: Virus patients to use Italian soccer facilities
The Italian soccer federation has offered up its hotel and auditorium for people having their health monitored amid the coronavirus outbreak
11:02AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
The Latest: Hurricanes ask employees to take time off
The Carolina Hurricanes are asking full-time employees to take vacation or personal days off next week with limited operations due to the coronavirus
10:43PM ( 14 hours ago )
The Latest: Worker at new Raiders stadium tests positive
A construction worker at the new Raiders stadium in Las Vegas has tested positive for the new coronavirus
9:12PM ( 15 hours ago )
The Latest: Shields’ fight against Dicaire postponed
Claressa Shields’ fight against Marie-Eve Dicaire has been postponed
7:27PM ( 17 hours ago )
AP Online Hockey
Stop & Shop hiring, Nordstrom to start furloughs
Stop & Shop will hire at least 5,000 new associates for regular part-time positions in its stores, distribution centers and delivery operations across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island
12:30PM ( 33 minutes ago )
The Latest: EU leaders call for 'massive' action on virus
European Union leaders are calling for urgent and "massive" coordinated international action to stop the coronavirus pandemic
12:27PM ( 36 minutes ago )
Nearly half-million infected worldwide, economic toll rises
The number of coronavirus infections is closing on a half-million worldwide, with both Italy and the U.S. on track to surpass China
12:24PM ( 40 minutes ago )
AP Business
Ford pushes for factory restart, union not so sure
Ford wants to reopen five North American assembly plants in April that were closed due to the threat of coronavirus
10:52AM ( 2 hours ago )
In drastic step, Italy shuts most factories to halt virus
Italy has become the first western developed nation to idle most of its industry to halt the spread of the coronavirus
9:27AM ( 3 hours ago )
Ford pushes for factory restart, unions not so sure
Ford says it wants to reopen five North American assembly plants in April that were closed due to the threat of coronavirus
7:36AM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Business - Corporate News
Golden Globes amend eligibility rules due to virus
The Golden Globes will accept movies submissions without a theatrical release for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic
12:48PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Stocks rise sharply on Wall Street, heading for 3-day rally
Stocks are rising more than 4% Thursday, putting the market on track for its first three-day rally in six weeks, even as the astonishing scale of the downturn slamming the economy because of the coronavirus becomes more apparent
12:45PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Ford, Honda, Toyota seek to restart plants closed by virus
Ford, Honda and Toyota took steps Thursday to restart North American factories that have been closed to protect workers from the coronavirus
12:44PM ( 19 minutes ago )
In drastic move, Italy shuts most factories to halt virus
Italy has become the first western developed nation to idle most of its industry to halt the spread of the coronavirus
12:43PM ( 20 minutes ago )
The Latest: US aircraft carrier has 'dozens' sick with virus
The Navy says an outbreak of COVID-19 infections aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific has forced it to divert to Guam so that all 5,000 aboard will undergo testing
12:40PM ( 24 minutes ago )