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.

CCM H&F FAQ

How should my helmet or facemask be adjusted?

CCM recommends consulting an in-store salesperson to help adjust and fit a helmet.

In addition, CCM recommends the following guidelines:

Helmet:

  1. Start with a sizing guide or in-store salesperson to select helmet for head size.
  2. Inspect outside of helmet and assure no signs of breakage to shell and liner.
  3. Identify adjustment mechanism (if applicable).
  4. Open helmet to largest position and place on head.
  5. Wrap helmet around head for snug fit.
    1. There should be no pressure points on the head.
    2. The front of the helmet should fit be about ½ inch above the eyebrows.
    3. When moving the head left and right, up and down,  the helmet must follow the movement of the head without feeling lose.

Facemask:

  1. Chin cup should be snug on player’s chin.
  2. If chin cup not close to chin, player should select a size up or down and retry.
  3. CCM’s youth helmet can be easily adjusted for the correct height and should be checked monthly as a player grows.

What is the difference in fit between all CCM helmets?

CCM is confident that we have a helmet to fit all sizes. Different models will vary in fit.

We recommend trying on multiple models to find the right fit for you.

What is the best way to care for my helmet?

CCM recommends the following instructions to care for your helmet:

  1. Carefully read and strictly adhere to the proper maintenance instructions that come with the product purchased (use, cleaning, and storage).
  2. Keep the instruction manual for future reference.
  3. Inspect your product regularly to ensure that it is in good condition. 
    • The shell, liner, wire cage, visor should not show any cracks and/or deformations.
    • All components to the helmet should be permanently fixed.
    • Inspect helmet to assure that the structural integrity of the product has not been compromised. If so, purchase a new one. 
    • If components can be replaced, only use the manufacturer’s replacement components.
  4. Clean with mild soap and water to gently clean your product. Wipe with a damp cloth. Let air dry.
  5. Use stickers approved by the manufacturer and following the manufacturer’s instructions.

How do I know when it’s time to replace my helmet?

The life-span of a hockey helmet is not easy to determine. Many factors, including the amount and type of use, care and maintenance and store help to determine a hockey helmet’s lifespan.

Consumers should exercise good judgment as to the suitability of a hockey helmet for play. Helmets that are cracked, have loose components or are missing liner pieces should be replaced immediately.

Hockey helmets are designed to protect against multiple impacts. However, it is recommended that the helmet be replaced after any severe impact. Even if there is no visible damage to a helmet or its components, the protective capacity of the helmet may be reduced such that a new helmet should be purchased. Inspect your helmet regularly and refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for further information.

Can I put stickers on my helmet?

Certain stickers may use an adhesive that could chemically attack the plastic material used in our helmets and subsequently weaken or compromise their performance. Similar to paint, applying stickers to product without approval from the manufacturer will void certification.

To obtain approval, the interested party must first provide proof that the sticker is compatible with the substrate material to which it will be applied. This can be accomplished by verifying that the sticker meets one of the following two label stock standards:

  1. CSA C22.2 No. 0.15 "Adhesive Labels" (Canada); or
  2. UL 969 "Marking and Labeling Systems" (USA)