Fans of hockey history are used to seeing old-time heroes from the "Original Six" era- Gordie Howe, Rocket Richard, and Bobby Hull, for example- playing without helmets, and it wasn't until the mid-1970s that the majority of NHL players had adopted head protection as a vital piece of equipment. But the hockey helmet was actually introduced decades earlier, when George Owen, who played for the Boston Bruins during the 1928-29 season, became the first professional hockey player to regularly wear a helmet. Over the course of the ensuing 40 years, many individual players wore leather helmets for a period, often after an injury, but most players found the primitive helmets uncomfortable and hot. Others felt that wearing a helmet was not manly and robbed a player of his individual flair on the ice.
Decades of research has shown the importance of avoiding concussions, however, and this knowledge has led to great technological leaps forward in both protective materials and design. Today's hockey helmets are not only comfortable and stylish, but they also provide unparalleled protection from the many kinds of impacts that can occur during a hockey game. Incorporating high-tech foam padding and ingenious design, the latest helmets from CCM are built to meet the needs of hockey players at all levels.
CCM Tacks 710 Hockey Helmet + Combo ($199.99)
The CCM Tacks 710 hockey helmet combo offers premium comfort and outstanding protective features.
CCM continues to enhance their helmets’ state-of-the-art protective features with new and improved technologies, starting with the combination of the R.E.D. System and D30 Smart Material. R.E.D. is a liquid-filled bladder system that helps to manage impacts from all angles. CCM developed this technology with the Neurotrauma Impact Science laboratory to ensure optimal impact protection.
The Tacks 710 helmet also features a tool-free adjustment mechanism to help achieve a secure fit. This easy-to-use system on the back of the helmet offers a quick, comfortable wrap that gives you a complete size adjustment. Together, this technology and the I.Q.Shion foam give you an all-around personalized fit. Along with these advanced comfort and protective features, the helmet shell offers a two-piece construction for a pro-preferred look, with geometry that helps to further absorb impacts.
- Elite level
- R.E.D System to manage multiple types of impact
- D30 Smart Material for elite level protection
- I.Q.Shion Memory Foam for premium comfort
CCM Tacks 710 Hockey Helmet
CCM Tacks 310 Hockey Helmet + Combo ($159.99)
CCM designed the Tacks 310 hockey helmet combo for both comfort and fit, and incorporated many top-end features at a great price point. The rate-sensitive D30 Lite foam pads protect the temples, working in tandem with a lightweight, dual-density VN foam base liner to minimize the effects of impacts to the head. The advanced D30 Lite provides excellent impact absorption in all circumstances, while the open-cell VN foam helps dissipate energy around the player's head—especially at the rear of the helmet.
For a snug, comfortable fit, the new I.Q.SHION liner molds around the player's head, and a single, toolless adjustment at the back of the shell allows the player to expand and contract the back of the helmet to achieve the proper occipital lock. The inside is well-ventilated, and moisture channels guide sweat away from the player's eyes. The outer shell is slightly rounder than the 3DS, for a more traditional look, and the FM680 wire cage features built-in shock absorbers to dampen the impact of any hits to the face.
- Performance level
- D30 Smart Material for enhanced protection
- I.Q.Shion Memory Foam for elite comfort
- Pro-preferred shell for impact absorption
CCM Tacks 310 Hockey Helmet