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Hockey equipment maker Bauer shifts to medical supplies to help fight pandemic

The company is converting hockey face shields to medical shields.

A Bauer employee models a medical face shield the hockey equipment manufacturer has begun creating to help those treating the coronavirus pandemic.
A Bauer employee models a medical face shield the hockey equipment manufacturer has begun creating to help those treating the coronavirus pandemic.
Bauer Hockey Corp. via AP

Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer said it is making face shields for medical professionals treating COVID-19 patients.

In a tweet Wednesday, the company said it is repurposing its facilities to convert the face shields hockey players use into equipment for medical use.

Bauer CEO Ed Kinnaly told ESPN the company has received order for 100,000 shields from across Canada. Bauer is looking to offer its services to the United States.

”In the U.S., honestly, the word is not out yet.” Kinnaly said. “We’ve been doing outreach to various medical entities ... we’re also going to use our social channels to basically let the medical community know that we have the ability to produce these.”