Bauer Hockey, USA Hockey and Hockey Canada join leading medical experts to continue
education and awareness
ORLANDO, Fla. –Some of the most influential organizations in hockey will take part in the third Be Hockey
Safe panel discussion to promote hockey safety and awareness. The discussion, led by Bauer Hockey, USA Hockey
and Hockey Canada, will be broadcast live and linked to from Bauer.com, USAHockey.com and HockeyCanada.ca on
Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. ET.
Bauer Hockey initiated the panel in an effort to strengthen communication surrounding safety issues such
as concussion awareness and management, and injury prevention. The safety panel includes representatives from
Bauer Hockey, USA Hockey and Hockey Canada as well as leaders in the medical community. The panel, which
first convened in 2010, will hold its third public discussion at Bauer Hockey’s BauerWorld event in
“The goal of the Be Hockey Safe panel is to promote the sport of hockey at all levels through better
education and communication of the safety issues faced in today’s game,” said Ken Covo, senior director of
research and development for Bauer Hockey, who will co-chair the hockey safety panel. “We are excited to
bring the panel back together to discuss those issues that our sport continues to face.”
The panel discussion will feature a segment on injury mechanics, and a look into what truly causes
concussions as well as the myths and realities surrounding the injury itself. The panel will also discuss new
rule changes adopted by both USA Hockey and Hockey Canada to address the continued emphasis on head safety in
The members of the Be Hockey Safe panel that will take part in the discussion include:
Mike Bertsch – USA Hockey:
In his role as assistant executive director, marketing and communications, Mike works closely with USA
Hockey’s membership and leads efforts to increase safety communication throughout the organization. In
addition, Mike brings a wealth of hockey coaching knowledge to the panel having coached at both the high
school and NCAA Division I levels.
Mark Lovell, PH.D – ImPact Applications, Inc.
Mark is the co-creator of the ImPact Test, the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated
computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPact is currently utilized by every team in the National Hockey
League and the National Football League, as well as numerous teams in Major League Baseball, the National
Basketball Association and several other leagues. Mark brings more than 26 years of concussion management
experience to the safety panel.
Todd Jackson – Hockey Canada
Todd is the senior manager for insurance and member services at Hockey Canada and brings more than 30
years of experience in hockey safety to the panel. In his role at Hockey Canada, Todd oversees safety and
risk management initiatives as well as the components of that national insurance program. In addition, Todd
has served as equipment manager for numerous teams, including Canada’s National Women’s Team.
Ken Covo – Bauer Hockey – Co-Chair
Ken is the senior director of research and development for Bauer Hockey. The graduate of McGill University
brings more than 15 years of hockey product development experience to the panel and has coached and played
hockey at various levels.
Larry Weber – Bauer Hockey – Co-Chair
Larry serves as the director of risk management for Bauer Hockey and has been with the company for more
than 14 years. In his role, Larry is deeply involved with safety issues in the sport of hockey and works
closely with Bauer’s research, design and development teams.
The Be Hockey Safepanel will gather numerous times throughout the year and publish information for the
hockey community that will be distributed online, in-store at hockey specialty retailers across North America
and at the grassroots level. In addition to providing readily accessible information, the panel will examine
current safety standards and guidelines and recommend enhancements to meet today’s needs as well as gather
insight from various age groups and playing levels. Bauer Hockey will also look to leverage the panel’s
findings to help guide future product development and enhancements.
To access the live broadcast of Tuesday’s panel discussion, visit Bauer.com, USAHockey.com or
ABOUT BAUER HOCKEY
Bauer Hockey is the world's most recognized designer, marketer and manufacturer of hockey equipment. Founded
in Kitchener, Ont., in 1927, Bauer developed the first skate with a blade attached to a boot, forever
changing the game of hockey. Since then, Bauer has continued to develop the most sought after products in the
industry, including the widely successful Supreme® and Vapor® lines of products. Bauer Hockey, Maverik
Lacrosse and Mission Roller Hockey are brands under Bauer Performance Sports, a publically traded company on
the Toronto Stock Exchange (BAU).
ABOUT BAUER PERFORMANCE SPORTS LTD.
Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. (TSX: BAU) is a leading developer and manufacturer of ice hockey, roller
hockey, and lacrosse equipment as well as related apparel. The company has the most recognized and strongest
brand in the ice hockey equipment industry, and holds the top market share position in both ice and roller
hockey. Its products are marketed under the Bauer Hockey, Mission Roller Hockey and Maverik Lacrosse brand
names and are distributed by sales representatives and independent distributors throughout the world. Bauer
Performance Sports is focused on building its leadership position and growing market share in all product
categories through continued innovation at every level.