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 Fitlite 3DS Hockey Helmet Combo ($309.99)
The top-of-the-line helmet from CCM, the Fitlite 3DS was built to meet the needs of NHL players and offers the highest level of comfort and protection on the market. The sides of the helmet are lined with D30 SmartFoam, the premier protective
foam currently available for in use for helmets. D30 is rate-sensitive, so it reacts differently to different levels of impact, offering outstanding shock-absorption properties to lessen the effects of all kinds of hits. The rest of the liner
is made of lightweight, low-density EPP, which also absorbs a wide range of impacts and helps to reduce the amount of force that gets transferred to the player's head. The outer shell is constructed of high-density PE plastic, with an ABS subshell
for maximum protection in a lightweight package.
Tool-less length adjustments and the improved Microdial III system guarantee a 360-degree wrap on the player's head for a snug fit that's both extremely comfortable and safe. Whereas other fit systems adjust only front-to-back, the 3DS causes
strategically placed memory-foam pads to expand or contract, so the player can fine-tune the fit for a secure occipital lock that holds the helmet in place. While this snug fit maximizes comfort, it also ensures that the helmet's safety features
work as they were designed to. The titanium, flat-wire bars of the Fitlite Facemask are not only light and strong but offer optimal on-ice vision.
CCM Fitlite 3DS Hockey Helmet Combo
CCM Tacks 310 Hockey Helmet Combo ($149.99)
For serious hockey players, the CCM Tacks 310 helmet provides professional-level protection and comfort at a moderate price. The rate-sensitive D30 Lite foam pads at the temples and a lightweight, dual-density VN foam base liner work in tandem
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
For a snug, comfortable fit, the new I.Q.SHION liner molds around the player's head, and a single, tool-less 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 there are moisture channels to 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 has built-in shock absorbers to
dampen the impact of any hits to the face.
CCM Tacks 310 Hockey Helmet Combo
CCM FL40 Helmet Combo ($49.99)
The entry-level helmet in the Fitlite family, the FL40 offers high-level protection and comfort without a lot of bells and whistles. A multi-density foam liner provides good impact resistance and a solid, traditional fit—aided by a tool-less
adjustment system that allows the helmet to expand or contract. The two-piece PE shell is aerodynamic, with plenty of ventilation to keep the player cool during the game, and the FL40 cage features thin, round-wire bars.
All CCM helmets are certified by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), which means they've been tested and meet all appropriate standards. Choosing a helmet that fits a player's style and
level of play will allow him or her to skate with confidence and to focus on playing the game.
CCM FL40 Helmet Combo