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CCM shifts equipment plant to make protective hoods for hospital workers

Hockey manufacturer will make up to 150 per day, send them to Quebec-based medical professionals

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

CCM is continuing to do whatever it can to help healthcare workers fight the coronavirus.

The hockey equipment manufacturer announced it would use its manufacturing plant in Montreal to make protective hoods for Quebec-based healthcare workers fighting the disease.

Tweet from @CCMHockey: Proud to protect our front line heroes. We���ve re-engineered our NHL Pro Custom Equipment production facility & have worked with Industrie Orkan & Dr. Ren�� Caissie of the H��pital du Sacr��-C��ur de Montr��al, to produce game-changing protective hoods for healthcare workers.

CCM teamed up with Industrie Orkan and Dr. Rene Caissie of Hospital du Sacre-Coeur in Montreal to design full-head hoods with air-purifying respirators inside that can be worn by medical professionals for hours at a time. Caissie developed a prototype and asked CCM to mass produce them.

"We are deploying our culture of innovation and craft which normally protects the world's best hockey players doing battle on the ice for a new purpose: protecting our healthcare workers on the front lines of the most important battle of our time," CCM Hockey CEO Rick Blackshaw said in a release.

CCM said it can produce up to 150 hoods per day as long as it has the necessary supplies. The company also announced it will release the full manufacturing blueprints on its website so other manufacturers can build the hoods as well.

The announcement came on the heels of CCM's decision Friday to donate 500,000 surgical masks to hospital workers in Canada.

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