Partnership with the Neurotrauma Impact Science Laboratory, leading experts in the field of head injuries

Player safety is a top priority at CCM. Following a "Safety Summit" 5 years ago, with experts in the field of head injuries, CCM signed an agreement with the Neurotrauma Impact Science Laboratory at the University of Ottawa. Scientist at the NISL are leading crash-test analyses to establish the relationship between helmet performance and head injuries. This highly advance laboratory's tests and simlulations are well beyond current protocols for helmet research. Through the research, CCM is learning more about better managing all types of impacts to create better products as the game evolves.

Holistic approach to developing helmets

CCM always makes safety a priority when developing helmets. In taking a holistic approach to design, many factors are considered throughout the development process. All of our helmets are designed to manage multiple types of impacts at varying intensities. Fit and comfort are also key components when creating a safe helmet and "fit testing" is integral to the development process.

Scientists indicate that brain injuries and concussions are mainly due to linear and rotational accelerations of the brain. No hockey helmet can prevent or eliminate the risk of head injury, including concussions.


How are CCM products certified?

CCM products are certified once they:

  1. Have been tested by an accredited third party testing agency to ensure that they adhere to applicable industry standards for safety and performance.
  2. Have an approved quality program in place to assure consistency in manufacturing

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CCM works with CSA in Canada, HECC in the USA and CE in Europe to adhere to specified testing protocols.

Which CCM products are certified?

In the US, the Hockey Equipment Certification Council website contains a section where all HECC certified products are listed. If a product does not appear on this list then it is not certified and cannot be used in any sanctioned event or league requiring HECC certified equipment. To consult the list, click here.

Similarly in Canada, the Canadian Standards Association has a CSA Certified Product Listing section on its website. To consult the list of, click here.

How can I tell if a product is certified?

You can tell a product is certified if it listed on the HECC and/or CSA certified product listings and by means of a certification mark for the respective market (HECC, CSA or CE) that must be found on the exterior of the helmet. The certification mark will be a sticker located at the back of the helmet.

What does the expiry date mean?

The HECC certification sticker affixed to your helmet provides the date that the HECC certification will end. HECC certification for a player helmet and a goalie mask is valid for 6-1/2 years from the date of manufacture of the helmet. The helmet should be replaced with another HECC certified helmet after the expiration date on the HECC sticker has passed. This expiry date applies only to players registered in the US.

CCM recommends that damaged helmets be replaced immediately.

Are all facemasks compatible with all helmets?

Not all face protectors are compatible with all helmets. For a list of compatible helmets, one must consult the user instruction manual included with the product.

CCM recommends matching CCM facemasks and visors with CCM helmets.

Can I wear a visor in my league?

CCM recommends that a player check the rules for his or her individual league.