Will we all be masked up when we return en masse to the rink?
It’s starting to look that way.
Shortly after Ontario Hockey League commissioner David Branch predicted the 2020-21 season would start sometime in the fall, Bauer Hockey announced its intention to launch facial protection aimed at players, coaches, administrators, on-ice officials, parents and fans this summer.
Three months ago, the company halted sports equipment production and pivoted to make more than two million medical-grade face shields to deal with a shortage affecting front-line medical professionals.
“We are so proud to have supported nurses and doctors on the front lines,” said Dan Bourgeois, Bauer’s vice-president of product innovation. “As communities begin to reopen, we will combine this experience with our hockey-specific expertise to provide protection for the hockey community and in people’s everyday lives.”