For sports, COVID-19 testing remains a major hurdle — WTTV CBS4Indy

The NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball would need thousands of virus tests every week if those leagues can resume playing games. That remains the biggest challenge to address before most sports can resume, especially in a time where getting tested has been problematic and frustrating for many Americans. All the leagues are trying to come up with solutions that would allow them to restart play without facing massive criticism for taking up so many testing resources. Restarting sports is a key to rebooting the economy, however, none of the leagues want to be blamed for taking tests away from the general public.

For sports, COVID-19 testing remains a major hurdle — WTTV CBS4Indy

CCM Hockey steps up in fight against coronavirus — Toronto Sun

CCM Hockey is skating into the fray in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

CCM Hockey steps up in fight against coronavirus — Toronto Sun

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.”CCM Hockey@CCMHockey

Coming together to protect the real heroes. We’re proud to join our NHL and Pro Women players in donating 500,000 surgical masks to protect healthcare workers on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.

Full details: https://ccmhockey.com/en/covid-19  #ALLOUT

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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.

Winnipegger Adam Brooks set for first hometown NHL game against Jets — Winnipeg Sun

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more perfect scenario for Adam Brooks as he prepares to play just his third NHL game. Read More

Winnipegger Adam Brooks set for first hometown NHL game against Jets — Winnipeg Sun