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What you need to know about COVID-19: August 13, 2020
CCM Hockey is skating into the fray in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The hockey equipment manufacturing company announced on Wednesday it will donate 500,000 surgical masks to health-care workers on the front line in the battle with the coronavirus.
“By teaming up with our roster of CCM athletes, we will be able to play a role in the collaborative effort to get past this crisis,” CEO of CCM Hockey Rick Bradshaw said in a release.
“We focused on the best use of our network and our resources to have the quickest impact. Sourcing greatly needed equipment through our established supply chain partners in Asia is the most efficient way for us to support and keep our real heroes safe.”
Based in Montreal, CCM Hockey is in the process of getting protective equipment from its business partners that normally has a hand in the production of hockey equipment. CCM will arrange for transport of the masks and is in discussions with government authorities to ensure the masks are distributed to health-care workers in Canada as early as the week of April 27.
There’s a substantial list of NHL and professional women players who are contributing to the donation, including Maple Leafs captain John Tavares, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin, Brianna Decker, Melodie Daoust and Kendall Coyne Schofield.
“It troubles them to feel helpless as they witness the devastating effects of this pandemic,” Blackshaw said. “Hockey is about commitment to a higher goal as well as to one another … these player qualities and beliefs will (help) allow us to emerge stronger from this challenge.”
The pledge by CCM Hockey comes after other sports equipment companies including Nike, Bauer and New Balance announced they would be making donations or manufacturing medical equipment to help the fight against the coronavirus.
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