Bauer Hockey has announced a new line of face-shield products with the aim of keeping players safe in the event when hockey returns to the ice this autumn.
The company, which earlier this spring started producing medical-grade face shields for front-line workers, is taking what it learned from that endeavor and applying it back to hockey, with particularly-designed shields for players, coaches and fans, according to a news release on Wednesday, June 17.
It is hoped that the new products can spur forward the sport’s return which, given the difficulties of physical-distancing in a contact sport, has encountered some challenges other sports haven’t had to deal with.
The on-ice shield for players is named the Bauer Concept 3 Splash Guard, which is the same to the traditional helmet shield, are designed to enhance coverage around the maintain and mouth a high level of vision and breathability.
The Concept 3 guard is hoped to be available in stores by August.
Craig Desjardins, vice president of product for Bauer Hockey said that it was a natural pivot for their team to shift from protecting players to staff members of the medical community amid the crisis, and now they were looking to continue our mission of protection as communities re-open and sports return.
Bauer also announced two new products that were designed for those in the stands – the Integrated Cap Shield attaching to a hat and a reversible fabric mask.
Bauer has partnered with Canlan Ice Sports, which operates sports facilities across the country, and all three new products will be utilized by Canlan’s staff, the release noted.
At the same time professional hockey has its own set of challenges since it aims to return to the ice, Vancouver has been floated as a possible hub city for the return of the NHL, it is unlikely to affect minor hockey’s return.